Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen exchange views with Ethiopian mission leaders
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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen said the operation in Tigray is progressing swiftly with utmost priority given to the protection of civilians.

In areas of the Tigray region that are freed from the TPLF junta, the government is providing humanitarian assistance to the community, he added.

The minister said this while he was presiding over a series of webinar meetings held today (November 14) with several Ethiopian mission leaders.

The webinar meetings aimed to exchange views on the missions activities regarding the ongoing operation in Tigray.

The mission leaders have presented briefings on their engagements regarding the operation with various concerned bodies at regional and international levels.

The mission leaders said they made the objectives of the operation in Tigray clear enough to all stakeholders.

They said they were able to make relevant bodies understand the federal government’s commitment to end the culture of impunity in the region and bring the criminals to justice.

They said they have continued to inform stakeholders that the operation would soon end, ensuring the prevalence of the rule of law and restoration of the constitutional order in the region.

They underscored that relevant government bodies should continue providing fact-based information about the operation to the public and media outlets.

This would help mainstream media to self-correct itself and come up with balanced journalistic outputs with genuine narratives, they added.

Ethiopian missions and the Ministry should give special attention to combatting disinformation and misinformation on the social media outlets, they said.

In concluding the meetings, Mr. Demeke underscored that the missions should encourage the Ethiopian community living abroad to continue their ongoing financial, moral, and intellectual support to the operation.

The mission leaders have congratulated Mr. Demeke upon his appointment as the minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. On the other news ….

Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen briefs resident diplomats about current situations in Ethiopia
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, briefed resident diplomats in Addis Ababa today (November 13) on the current situation in the country.

He recounted how the TPLF junta has stubbornly resisted the sweeping political and socio-economic reforms that were introduced by the new political dispensation.

The key leaders of TPLF have also been sponsoring, financing, and encouraging attacks that disrupted the lives of many people in the country, he said.

Mr. Demeke said all of the irresponsible acts of the junta aimed at creating chaos, tarnishing the image of the country, and discrediting the Federal Government.

The junta finally had crossed the red line when they attacked the Northern Command of the National Defense Force and looted military arsenals to attack the Federal Government, the minister said.

He said the government would no longer tolerate the impunity in the region, and it should protect the Constitutional Order through the ongoing operation and the decreed state of emergency.

The operation is neither a civil war nor an armed conflict, he said, but a move to maintain the rule of law in the region and regain peace for the people of Tigray.

He thanked the diplomatic community for their calls for dialogue between the Federal government and the TPLF gang.

But he said it would be unacceptable to put the Federal government and the criminals on equal footing.

The minister finally underscored that the operation would end as soon as the government disarmed the TPLF gang, restored legitimate administration, and apprehended the criminals and brought them to justice.

The diplomats congratulated Mr. Demeke upon his appointment as minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.