SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON TO ARRIVE IN ETHIOPIA; POLITICAL CRISIS TALK TOP IN HIS AGENDA

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Addis Abeba, March 01/2018 – A high level delegation led by the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will arrive in Ethiopia on Wednesday March 07 for an official visit, Addis Standard learned.

Rex Rex Tillerson is arriving in Ethiopia one day early from Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister

Mr. Tillerson’s visit comes at a time when Ethiopian politics “is undergoing through its own crisis”, a state department source told Addis Standard, adding “the visit is an indication that the US government is taking the unfolding events in Ethiopia very seriously. The current political crisis in Ethiopia will surely take a center stage during all the discussions with Ethiopian officials,”  our source said.

Mr. Tillerson’s visit to Africa was announced in January when President Donald Trump sent a letter to African leaders meeting in Addis Abeba for the bloc’s annual summit, according to several media outlets in the US. The president’s message came after his infamous remark on immigration from African countries and Haiti.

But it was not clear if Ethiopia was among the countries the secretary of State was scheduled to visit.

Nick Barnett, US Embassy Spokesperson in Addis Abeba, said he “can not conform” the information. But Addis Standardlearned that the Department of State will be releasing the announcement later today.

In a sharp departure from the past, on February 17, the US embassy in Addis Abeba released a statement saying the US “strongly disagrees” with Ethiopia’s  latest state of emergency imposed on February 16. The state of emergency announcement followed the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on February 15.

Since then, the ruling party controlled parliament has been summoned from its recess for an extraordinary session tomorrow. It is expected that the parliament will approve the emergency decree.

In the statement the US said it recognizes “the challenges facing Ethiopia, whether to democratic reform, economic growth, or lasting stability,” but said these were “best addressed through inclusive discourse and political processes, rather than through the imposition of restrictions.”  The statement further said that a state of emergency undermines recent positive steps [by the Ethiopian government] toward creating a more inclusive political space, including the release of thousands of prisoners, and cautioned that “restrictions on the ability of the Ethiopian people to express themselves peacefully sends a message that they are not being heard.”

Ethiopian officials at the ministry of foreign affairs have since met with Michael Raynor, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, and have discussed the state of emergency. But the US said its position reflected in the February 17 statement hasn’t changed.

Mr. Tillerson is expected to meet with Ethiopia’s outgoing Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other senior officials, as well as officials from the African Union.

In what is going to be a busy diplomatic shuttle week, the Foreign ministers of UAE & and Russia, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan & Sergey Lavrov, respectively, are also due to arrive in Ethiopia on March 05 & 08 for official visits. The visit of both  Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Sergey Lavrov was announced today by Meles Alem, spokesperson at the Ethiopian ministry of foreign Affairs. AS

5 Responses to SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON TO ARRIVE IN ETHIOPIA; POLITICAL CRISIS TALK TOP IN HIS AGENDA

  1. Mr. Tillerson’s visit to Ethiopia is part of Trump administration’s plan establish relationship with African countries. He will be visiting in addition to Ethiopia many countries such as Kenya, Nigeria and of course Djibouti b/c of the large US military base there. Mr. Tillerson’s visit is not timed to respond to the Ethiopian crisis/chaos created by the terrorist/criminal/mafia TPLF/EPRDF. However, the timing is a great opportunity for Mr. Tillerson and Trump administration to show whose side they are. Are they on the side of the most brutal, tyrannical, mass murderers and ethnic cleanser TPLF/EPRDF or the freedom/democracy/liberty/rule of law/meritocracy loving brave/patriotic/warrior Ethiopian people. MY ADVICE FOR ALL PATRIOTIC/WARRIOR ETHIOPIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD IS TO WRITE A PERSONAL LETTER TO US STATE DEPARTMENT AND TO PRESIDENT TRUMP BY GOING TO STATE DEPARTMENT AND WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE. Tell them that the terrorist/criminal/tyrannical TPLF/EPRDF is the worst undemocratic/dictatorial/criminal/mafia government on planet earth. Therefore it must be overthrown ASAP. The american should stand shoulder to shoulder with ethiopian democratic forces all over the world especially with patriotic Ginbot 7 which is led by an AMERICAN PROFESSOR DR. BIRHANU NEGA who loves US democracy/free market economy and who is aspiring to be the GEORGE WASHINGTON OF ETHIOPIA. The only conversation Mr. Tillerson should be having with the devil TPLF/EPRDF is the following. “READ MY LIPS YOU WILL RELINQUISH POWER EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY TO PATRIOTIC GINBOT 7 OR OTHER ORGANIZED ETHIOPIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. IF YOU REFUSE TO DO SO WE WILL USE EVERYTHING AT OUR DISPOSAL TO OVERTHROW YOU AND IT WILL BE UGLY. WE MAY USE OUR MILITARY FORCE IN DJIBOUTI. WE WILL IMMEDIATELY PLACE A CRIPPLING SANCTION ON ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT. ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL BE BANNED FROM TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF ETHIOPIA. ETHIOPIA WILL BE BANNED FROM TRADING WITH ALL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD AND WEAPONS WILL NOT BE SOLD TO ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT BY ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES WILL BE BANNED FROM LANDING IN ALL COUNTRIES ON EARTH. THOSE COUNTRIES WHO TRADE WITH AND SELL WEAPON TO ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND/OR ALLOW ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES TO LAND ON THEIR COUNTRIES WILL BE SEVERELY PUNISHED BY LARGE MONETARY FINE AND REPEAT OFFENDERS WILL BE PLACED ON CRIPPLING SANCTION.”

    TRUTH
    March 3, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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  2. The TPLF is adding a fuel to a combustible ethic tension , by passing a state of emergency that would give Tigiran generals, who constitute more than 95% the high ranks in Ethiopian army (for all intent and purposes are TPLF army) to kill peaceful protesters with vengeance. In the last state of emergency, more than 1000 children, women, and defenseless youth had been killed and by the government”s won admission 40,000 Ethiopian were jailed, beaten up ,and forced to sign a never againsign. This time it is going to be even harsher. This time TPLF wants to stump out the protest for once and for all. that is why TPLF, although the official numbers were far short,it concocted a fake number, and passed it thorough for no other reason but to use the weapons, that were bought to defend Ethiopians, against theme. For Ethiopian people it is do or die moment.The people need to organize , know the enemy, and those who work for crumb bread against their own brothers and sisters and take action to defend themselves. Ethiopian people can not be a sitting ducks, while TPLF uses their tax money to kill, rob them. When TPLF acts as if it needs a peace or want to compromise – it is TPLF way of buying time. Meles” did it when he told the Keniget”s everything under the sun is negotiable, to our surprise Haile mariam before TPLF dump him used the same word. Don”t let your kids die today tomorrow and the day after by waiting Honey to come out of a deadly cobra”s fang .

    atdexpre
    March 6, 2018 at 4:35 am
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  3. The TPLF is adding a fuel to a combustible ethic tension , by passing a state of emergency that would give Tigiran generals, who constitute more than 95% the high ranks in Ethiopian army (for all intent and purposes are TPLF army) to kill peaceful protesters with vengeance. In the last state of emergency, more than 1000 children, women, and defenseless youth had been killed and by the government”s won admission 40,000 Ethiopian were jailed, beaten up ,and forced to sign a never againsign. This time it is going to be even harsher. This time TPLF wants to stump out the protest for once and for all. that is why TPLF, although the official numbers were far short,it concocted a fake number, and passed it thorough for no other reason but to use the weapons, that were bought to defend Ethiopians, against theme. For Ethiopian people it is do or die moment.The people need to organize , know the enemy, and those who work for crumb bread against their own brothers and sisters and take action to defend themselves. Ethiopian people can not be a sitting ducks, while TPLF uses their tax money to kill, rob them. When TPLF acts as if it needs a peace or want to compromise – it is TPLF way of buying time. Meles” did it when he told the Keniget”s everything under the sun is negotiable, to our surprise Haile mariam before TPLF dump him used the same word. Don”t let your kids die today tomorrow and the day after by waiting Honey to come out of a deadly cobra”s fang .

    Line
    March 7, 2018 at 3:20 am
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  4. Folks,

    Like I said before,
    “MY ADVICE FOR ALL PATRIOTIC/WARRIOR ETHIOPIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD IS TO WRITE A PERSONAL LETTER TO US STATE DEPARTMENT AND TO PRESIDENT TRUMP BY GOING TO STATE DEPARTMENT AND WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE.”

    As the saying goes, “Action speaks louder than word.” Take action today or in the next few days while secretary Tillerson is in Africa by writing a letter to State department and/or White House. I promise you that it feels good, makes you happy that you are doing something against evil and helping your oppressed brothers and sisters and most of all YOU WILL SLEEP LIKE A BABY. WHO DOES’T WANT TO SLEEP LIKE A BABY, NO ONE. I know time is precious/gold when you live in the land of free and home of the brave, USA. However, we all need to make fighting injustice at the top of our priority list. INJUSTICE TO ONE, LET ALONE MILLIONS OF ETHIOPIANS, IS INJUSTICE TO ALL.
    Therefore, I made some time out my busy schedule TODAY TO EMAIL A LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, IN SIMILAR VEIN AS TO MY POST ABOVE, BY GOING TO WHITE HOUSE HOMEPAGE.

    TRUTH
    March 7, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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  5. Since the passing of Zayed the country has taken a slide towards tinpot dictatorship. Gold-plated tinpot but tinpot just the same. It”s a terrible shame.

    sanjay
    March 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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