D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser left for a five-day diplomatic and trade mission to Ethiopia

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Mayor Muriel Bowser met with Ethopian Prime Minister Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed when he visited D.C. last summer to address the Ethiopian community in the District.

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On Friday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser left for a five-day diplomatic and trade mission to Ethiopia.

Bowser has a delegation of 70 people in tow, including Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and city government representatives.

The idea behind the trip is to establish trade relations with different industries in Ethiopia. Bowser will meet with local leaders and government officials in Addis Ababa, the capital city, and Lalibela, a northern city about 531 miles away.

Bowser will also visit with President H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia’s first female president, and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, who recently won a Nobel Peace Prize.

“We are continuing our efforts to reach beyond the borders of Washington, D.C. and establish relationships around the world,” said Bowser in a press release on Friday. “We particularly value our special relationship with Ethiopia, which has been strengthened by the substantial Ethiopian population in our city and region.”

The D.C. metropolitan region has the largest Ethiopian-born community in the U.S.—more than 30,000 Ethiopians have settled in parts of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Their influence is apparent at coffee shops in Silver Spring, Ethiopian restaurants on 18th St. or along U St, and in the many Ethiopian churches in the area.

According to WAMU, Ethiopians started coming to D.C. in the 1950s and 1960s as students and visitors. After a military takeover over in 1974, more Ethiopians came to the U.S. Laws like the Refugee Act of 1980 and Diversity Visa Act of 1990 immigration made it easier for those wanting to leave Ethiopia to move stateside. Many people decided to go where there was already a blossoming Ethiopian community established—the D.C. region.

Bowser’s trip to Ethiopia comes a year after Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed came to D.C. gave a talk to members of the Ethiopian community at the convention center in July 2018. Bowser joined Abiy on stage and announced July 28 as “Ethiopia Day in D.C.”

During this trip, Bowser will renew D.C.’s Sister City Agreement with Addis Ababa. The sister city agreement is a promise of friendship and an opportunity for different cities to learn about each other, per Bowser’s office. Including Addis Ababa, D.C. currently has 15 sister cities, according to the D.C. Office of the Secretary website. Then-Mayor Vincent Gray signed the first Sister City Agreement with Addis Ababa in 2013.

“Our Sister City agreements with capital cities around the world play a key role in breaking down barriers and building international relationships that allow us to improve the lives of people in D.C. and abroad.” Bowser wrote in her newsletter.

Bowser has traveled internationally throughout her mayoral tenure, including to El SalvadorIsrael, and multiple trips to China. The trips to China each had budgets in the range of tens of thousands of dollars, according to the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

4 Responses to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser left for a five-day diplomatic and trade mission to Ethiopia

  1. When the Mayor of Washington DC goes back to Washington DC she will explain to the Washington DC area diaspora Ethiopian communities that Oromo owns Finfinee. If any of the diaspora members oppose the fact that Oromo owns Finfinee talk to us through the mayor , we don’t want physical altercations to occur again anymore during unnecessary confrontations with us face to face. Lately many Ethnic confrontations about Oromo ownership amongst Wahington DC Area diasporas led to violence and arrests , that’s why we Oromos promised to be civilised about it and only deal through the Mayor of DC nooneelse from nowon.

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    Lobiso
    November 10, 2019 at 2:09 am
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  2. በጀርመን ቄሮ ተከሰሰ ::

    ቄሮ በሚል ስም ተደራጅቷል የተባለ ቡድን ተከሰሰ::
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    ተከሳሾች እራሳቸውን ቄሮ ብለው የተደራጁ ግለሰቦች ሲሆኑ ከሳሹ ደግሞ በጀርመን የኢትዮጵያ የሰብአዊ መብት ኮሚቴ ነው:: ስብሰባን ለማወክ እና ጥቃት ለመፈፀም በማቀድ የስብሰባ አዳራሽን ጥሶ በመግባትና በማስፈራራት አውከዋል ክብርን የሚነካ ስድብ ተሳድበዋል የመብት ጥሰትም አድርሰዋል ተብሎአል።

    ባለፈው ዓመት በፍራንክፈርት እና በበርሊን ከተሞች በአዲስ አበባ ጉዳይ ላይ የሚመክር የውይይት መድረክ ተዘጋጅቶ ነበር። በወቅቱ በተሰብሳቢዎች በአዘጋጆቹና በዕለቱ የክብር እንግዳ ላይ በማህበራዊ የመገናኛ ዘዴዎች ጭምር በቪድዮ በተሰራጩ መልዕክቶች ስብሰባውን ለማወክ እና ጥቃት ለመፈፀም ያቀዱ ግለሰቦች ተደራጅተው መጥተዋል።

    በር ላይም ሳይፈተሹ የጥበቃ ሰራተኞችን ጥሰው የአዳራሹን በር በቡድን በሃይል በርግደው በመግባት እና በማስፈራራት አውከዋል ክብርን የሚነካ ስድብ ተሳድበዋል የመብት ጥሰትም በአዘጋጆቹ እና በተሰብሳቢዎች ላይ ፈፅመዋል በማለት የዝግጅቱ አስተባባሪዎች ለፖሊስ በማመልከታቸው የጀርመን ፖሊስ አባላት

    የአዳራሹን እንቅስቃሴ በሺድዮ በመቅረፅ እና አዘጋጆቹ ሁከት ፈጣሪ ናቸው ያሏቸውን ስም እና አድራሻ በመዝገብ የአንዳንዶቹንም አሻራ በመውሰድ ማሰናበታቸውን በወቅቱ ገልፀን ነበር። ድርጊቱ በተከሰተበት ወቅትም ረብሻ እንደማይፈጥሩ የገለፁት ገብተው

    በስብሰባው ቢሳተፉም በርካታ አባላቶቻችን አስቀድመው አዳራሹን ስለሞሉት ፈርተው የወሰዱት እርምጃ ነው በኦሮሞ እና ቄሮ ላይ የተዛባ አመለካከት አላቸው አባሎቻችን ከስብሰባው የተባረሩት በብሄር እና ሃይማኖት ተለይተው ነው በማለት ቅሬታ አሰምተው ነበር ፤ በተለያዩ የኦሮሞ ብሄረሰብ አደረጃጀቶች ተሰባስበው ስብሰባውን ለመታደም የመጡት ወጣቶች።

    በጉዳዩ ላይ ልዩ ልዩ ማስረጃዎችን ስሰበስብ ቆይቻለው ያለው በጀርመን የኢትዮጵያ የሰብአዊ መብት ጥበቃ ኮሚቴ በበኩሉ ራሳቸውን ቄሮ በሚል ስም አደራጅተው በጀርመን የተለያዩ ከተሞች ኢትዮጵያውያን በአዲስ አበባ ጉዳይ ለመምከር የጠሩትን ስብሰባ በኃይል ለማወክ እንዲሁም አካላዊ እና ሥነ ልቦናዊ ጥቃት

    ለማድረስ ድንበር ተሻጋሪ የወንጀል ድርጊት ፈፅመዋል ባላቸው ግለሰቦች ላይ በፍራንክፈርት ከተማ ፍርድ ቤት ክስ መመስረቱን አስታወቋል። የኮሚቴው ዋና ሊቀመንበር አቶ ስዩም ኃብተማርያም በተለይ ለዶይቼ ቨለ እንዳስረዱት እነዚሁ ግለሰቦች በስብሰባው አዘጋጆች እና በዕለቱ የክብር እንግዳ ላይ የኃይል ጥቃት እንደሚፈፅሙ በማህበራዊ መገናኛ ዘዴዎች በሺድዮ ጭምር መልዕክቶችን ከማስተላለፋቸውም ሌላ ዘር እና ሃይማኖት ተኮር ስድቦችን በመሳደብ ተሰብሳቢዎችን በመተናኮል እና በማሸማቀቅ እንዲሁም ፎቶግራፍ እና ቪድዮ እያነሱ በማስፈራራት ከፍተኛ የመብት ጥሰት እና ሽብር ፈፅመዋል ሲሉ ከሰዋል።

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    Wasyihun Kebede
    November 14, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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  3. October 13, 2019 / 2nd Ṭəqəmt 2012 (2 ጥቅምት 2012)
    CROWN COUNCIL OF ETHIOPIA:
    A Statement by His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias SahleSelassie HaileSelassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia.

    Ethiopians around the world share with joy the news that our Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
    The Award was specifically to recognize Dr Abiy’s “efforts to achieve peace andinternational cooperation, and in particular his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea”.
    We recognize that he took a vital step in the reconstruction not only of Ethiopia,but of our entire region of peoples of our common family. Dr Abiy’s gesture toward restoring familial relations with Eritrea was a genuine and spontaneous act ofreconciliation between the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea. It was immediately reciprocated by the Eritrean People and leadership. It was a gesture based on the restoration of justice for individual people of our family of nations, and, as such, certainly merited recognition by the international community.Dr Abiy’s action restored the unity of many families, and restored hope to so manypeople. It was, indeed, a vital early step in the reconstruction of the dignity, history, and mutual respect of all of the peoples of our great family.
    The Crown Council not only applauds Dr Abiy and congratulates him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but urges that we all see this as the start of the restoration of the mutual respect with which all Ethiopians – and those of our extended family in Eritrea, Djibouti, and the Somali peoples – greet and treat each other. We join in urging respect for the great traditions and languages which make distinct each society
    of our family, knowing that we all share a common value and identity – our Ethiopianness, formal or informal – under which we can value the distinct pride of our various regions and their respective governments.

    God Bless Prime Minister Abiy!
    God Bless Ethiopia!

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    Wasyihun Kebede
    November 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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  4. The Mayor’s office know about the Kinijit Cadres who had made it their hobbies to falsely accuse Ethiopian leaders .

    Remember the late Service Officer, Gregg Wenzel the one who knew more about Ethiopia more than Ethiopians themselves did, he got many just like he was, very sharp clandestine service officers that replaced his post .

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    Isaac Kifle
    November 15, 2019 at 1:19 am
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