Government Press Release on Goals for Inclusive Democracy, Humanitarian Aid and Issues, and Conflict Resolution

The Ethiopian Government, represented by the Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Peace, met in Addis Ababa on August 25 with some 150 representatives of international diplomatic and humanitarian aid NGO community. The Government heard and responded to a wide range of questions, following open and frank expression of views of many attendees regarding critical topics, including the current Tigray conflict, efforts to deliver food and other humanitarian aid, political developments, and Ethiopia’s relationships with longstanding allies and economic development supporters.

The Government remains committed to…


It is regrettable those who proclaim their wish for a “stable and prosperous” democracy in Ethiopia should do so by flagrantly displaying their contempt for Ethiopian sovereignty. Only the people of Ethiopia can decide whether their elections are free and fair. Ethiopia’s democracy rests wholly on the consent of the people of Ethiopia, not the approval or hectoring of outsiders.

Democracy cannot be dictated to the Ethiopian people nor managed for them from afar by remote control. …


It is regrettable those who proclaim their wish for a “stable and prosperous” democracy in Ethiopia should do so by flagrantly displaying their contempt for Ethiopian sovereignty. Only the people of Ethiopia can decide whether their elections are free and fair. Ethiopia’s democracy rests wholly on the consent of the people of Ethiopia, not the approval or hectoring of outsiders.

Democracy cannot be dictated to the Ethiopian people nor managed for them from afar by remote control. …


The following op-ed piece was submitted to the New York Times in response to Nicholas Kristof’s column dated April 24, 2021. After a number of attempts to publish it in the New York Times consistent with previous unsuccessful attempts to respond to reports and opinions in the New York Times, I’ve decided to publish it on Medium.com.

In his April 24 column, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Nicholas Kristof, lamented the fate of Dr. …


Ethiopia has embarked on an extensive home-grown economic reform program that aims to bring economic transformation by leveraging the strong economic growth it achieved during the past decade. Using a set of macroeconomic, structural, and sectoral measures, the reform aspires to catalyze productivity growth, the bedrock for an inclusive and sustainable economic growth — While successfully completing public investment projects underway and ensuring the efficiency of public investment remains high on the government’s agenda, transitioning to a private sector-led economy is the ultimate goal. …


On Sunday, February 28, 2021, I sent an op-ed submission to the editor of the New York Times in response to the article Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says, along with the following note urging the Times to acknowledge my submission:

I should like to start by stating that I do not expect the New York Times to publish my response to your inaccurate and biased report on alleged “ethnic cleansing” in Tigray region of Ethiopia. Over the past months, I have made repeated efforts with the Times to respond to various similarly inaccurate…


Now, more than ever, members of the press must abide by the most stringent ethical standards. We live in an unprecedented and unparalleled age of misinformation and disinformation. We have seen the media’s ability to be the enabler of both positive change, and insidious insurrection. Unfortunately, major print media has been reporting one side of the conflict in Tigray, painting murderous militias and insurrectionists as freedom fighters and revolutionaries. It has reported falsehoods and condemnation against the Ethiopian government. Claiming the Ethiopian government is complicit in “massacres, torture, rapes, abductions, and the looting” in Tigray. …

Ambassador Fitsum Arega of Ethiopia

#Ambassador of #Ethiopia to the USA, Non-Resident Ambassador to Jamaica & Panama Facebook/Instagram: fitsum.aregaa email: Ethiopia@ethiopianembassy.org

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