Ethiopian PM urges envoys to align global trend with national priorities

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday urged foreign-based Ethiopian diplomats to align current global trends with the country’s foreign policy priorities so as to promote national interest.

Ahmed made the call during his meeting on Monday with more than 60 Ethiopian foreign-based diplomats and envoys who have gathered in the capital Addis Ababa to discuss major priorities of Ahmed’s administration as the East African country embarked on a reform process in its foreign policy, the Office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister said in a statement on Monday.

The meeting, among other things, aimed to review the ongoing reforms within the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in particular and the country’s foreign policy in general, the office said.

Ahmed “emphasizes that it’s important to understand current global trends as diplomats, and to ensure there is an alignment of thought and practice in line with Ethiopia’s foreign policy,” the statement read.

“Diplomacy is one pillar of economic development. It is vital bedrock for socioeconomic progress,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed also called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “to become a catalyst for economic development, and most importantly trigger citizen-centered diplomacy in our bilateral, regional and multilateral diplomatic engagement nexus.”

According to MoFA, the discussion also touched on the progresses and challenges encountered in responding to contemporary global issues of national interest towards enhancing Ethiopia’s economic diplomacy ventures, as well as constructive engagement with the diaspora community. Enditem

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