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Dr. Tedros holds talks with Norway’s Foreign Minister

December 17, 2012 - ADDIS ABABA

H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, held discussions with Espen Barth Eide, Norway’s Foreign Minister, where the two sides discussed on various regional and domestic matters.

The Norwegian Minister reaffirmed Norway’s readiness to continue with its holistic support to Ethiopia. He expressed his government’s appreciation of the rapid and equitable economic development of Ethiopia over the past decade, noting that “Ethiopia is one among few countries receiving significant Norwegian development assistance”.


Foreign Minister holds talks with UN Under Secretary-General

December 17, 2012 - ADDIS ABABA

Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, welcomed a delegation from the United Nations led by Mr. Michel Sidibé, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Mr. Sidibé, congratulated the Minister on his new position before offering condolences on the untimely passing of the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. He also took the opportunity to highlight the tremendous progress Ethiopia has made in reducing HIV/AIDS infection rates by 90%, compared to a continental average of 50%.


Ethiopians Celebrate Nations and Nationalities Day in London

December 3, 2012

Ethiopians from all walks of life celebrated the 7th Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day in London on 2nd December 2012 in the presence of H.E. Shiferaw Shigute, President of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s State (SNNPS).

Organized in collaboration with the London-based Ethiopian National Consensus Forum, the event brought together Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin, irrespective of creed and political orientation, with a single focus on economic growth and Ethiopia’s Renaissance.


BEN TV confers the Order of Kilimanjaro Award on the late PM Meles

November 24, 2012

Bright Entertainment Network Television (BEN TV) conferred the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi with a posthumuos award of THE ORDER OF KILIMANJARO - the highest honour to be bestowed on anyone by indigenous Africans resident in the UK – at a grand event held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Bloomsbury on 23rd November.

The award, a tribute to the outstanding and life-long commitment of the great leader to the development of his nation and that of the African continent, praises Meles as “The True Son of Africa”.


Ethiopia’s Foremost Jazz Musician gives Illustrated Talk

November 8, 2012

Jazz musician, Mulatu Astatke, a leading Ethiopian composer since the 1960s, gave a presentation to an audience of 500 at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London, on “Ethiopia’s Contribution to World Music”.


Ethiopia’s Treasure Revealed at Natural History Museum

November 5, 2012

Invited guests and scholars were thrilled to learn more about the unique record of human evolution in Ethiopia at a presentation on Monday 5th November at the Natural History Museum in London.

Visiting Palaeontologist Dr Berhane Asfaw gave a lecture on a record of human ancestry spanning the last six million years.


Meet the Ancestors: Ethiopia's Treasures Revealed

5 November 2012, 14:30 - 15:00

Africa's Great Rift Valley has entombed a record of human ancestry spanning the last six million years. We are joined by visiting Ethiopian palaeontologist Berhane Asfaw as he discusses this unique record of human evolution and recent discoveries from the region. Dr Asfaw will bring along a cast of Ardi, the most complete skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus one of the earliest known species on the human family tree. Ardi lived in the Great Rift Valley 4.4 million years ago and has only been on display in the UK once before.


Discussions on Investment Opportunities at APPG Business Dinner

November 1, 2012

His Excellency Ambassador Berhanu Kebede welcomed MPs, Peers and Ethiopian community leaders and business people from both the UK and Ethiopia to a dinner at the Ethiopian Embassy last night [31st October]. The dinner was jointly hosted by the Ambassador and Laurence Robertson MP, the chairman of the Ethiopia All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).


Embassy Hosts Royal Society Pfizer African Academies

October 31, 2012

On 30th October, participants at the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies workshop - which is taking place from 30th October until 1st November - were hosted at the Ethiopian Embassy in a reception organized by the Royal Society.

  • Speech by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede at the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Reception
  • Speech by Prof. Martyn Poliakoff, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society
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    TDA-UK Members and Supporters Buy Bonds Worth £46,110; Hold 40th Day Memorial Service for PM Meles

    October 1, 2012

    Forty days after the demise of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, members and supporters of Tigray Development Association (TDA) in Greater London seized the opportunity at the Premier’s “40th Day Requiem Mass” (Ye Arba Ken Metasebia) to purchase bonds worth £46,110 and made pledges for an additional £22,650 for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This is following national mourning where millions of Ethiopians vowed to realise the late PM’s vision.


    PM Hailemariam's addresses the 67th session of the UN General Assembly

    September 28, 2012

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addressed the 67th UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York where he gave his maiden speech as Ethiopia's newly elected Prime Minister.


    Speech delivered by H.E Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
    at his inauguration as
    the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    September 21, 2012

    H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, elected as chairperson the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on September 21st at an extraordinary parliamentary session.

    Mr Hailemariam has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2010 and has also held various positions in federal and regional government.

    Former Education Minister, Mr Demeke Mekonen, elected as deputy chairperson of the EPRDF, is now the Deputy Prime Minister, taking over the post from Ato Hailemariam.

    His full speech is available on the following link.


    Speech delivered by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, on the Inauguration of Somalia's New President

    September 16, 2012

    H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia’s new president, was inaugurated on September 16th in Mogadishu, following elections held a week earlier.

    He was inaugurated in the presence of regional leaders, including Ethiopia’s Acting Prime Minister, H.E. Hailemariam Desaglegn, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and representatives of other countries, including Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister.

    Click Here for H.E. Hailemariam’s speech.


    Ethiopians Bid Farewell to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at London Gathering

    September 3, 2012

    Over a thousand Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia honoured and paid their last respects to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in London as his funeral was taking place in Addis Ababa on 2nd September, in the presence of Heads of State and Government, delegations of various countries and grief stricken Ethiopians across the country.

  • Special Edition of the Embassy's Newsletter dedicated to the Late PM

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    Ethiopians in the UK mourn their Great Leader

    August 25, 2012

    Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community residing in the UK paid tribute to the paramount Leader Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at a condolence book signing ceremony at the Ethiopian Embassy in London.

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who has led Ethiopia for the last 21 years with great wisdom and far sightedness passed away on August 20 at the hospital where he was under medical treatment.


    H.E. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

    1955 – 2012

    The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London, with deep sorrow, regrets to inform the Ethiopian Diaspora of the tragic death of H.E. Ato Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on Monday 20th August 2012.

    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was a visionary leader who dedicated his entire life to the people of Ethiopia. As the head of the executive for the past 21 years, Prime Minister Meles was not only a leader who led his country into a new chapter of development, peace, and democracy but a person who will always be remembered as a champion of the cause of Africa in international fora.

    The Embassy of Ethiopia offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Prime Minister Meles and to the Peoples of Ethiopia.

    Please send your message of condolence via email to info@ethioembassy.org.uk.


    Statement from the Council of Ministers of
    the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    August 21, 2012

    Honorable Peoples and Friends of Ethiopia;

    The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with deep sorrow and grief, regrets to inform the Peoples of Ethiopia that, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has led our country for the last 21 years with great wisdom and far-sightedness, passed away on August 20th at 11:40 pm at the hospital where he was under medical treatment.


    August 17,2012

    It is with the deepest of regrets that the Embassy of Ethiopia has learnt of the untimely death of Ethiopia’s fifth Patriarch, His Holiness Abune Paulos I.

    He indeed was a man of peace and reconciliation who played an active part in the social and economic development of Ethiopia.

    We therefore express our deepest condolences to his family and friends and to the fellowship of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewedho Church.

    May He rest in Eternal Peace.


    Gala Hosted in Honour of Olympic Heroes

    August 15, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopian Olympic medallists and other athletes were given a hero’s welcome at a gala hosted in their honour at Porchester Hall in London’s Bayswater.

    Accompanied by the award-winning musical troupe, Dankira, upon arrival, they were presented by HE Ambassador Berhanu Kebede with bouquets of flower and led to their seats waving to standing dignitaries and invited guests in the hall which was packed to capacity.

    More photos can be found on the following link.


    Ethiopians Stage Colourful Musical Extravaganza in London

    August 13, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopians from different walks of life celebrated a Cultural Day in the wake of brilliant wins for the Ethiopian team in the London 2012 Olympics.

    Families started to converge at the London Ethiopian Embassy in what came to be a huge wave of support for Team Ethiopia, with the national tricolour flying high to the delight of the over one thousand spectators.

    Click here for more photos.


    Ethiopian Lady wins first-ever Grand Chef Competition

    August 6, 2012 - LONDON - An Ethiopian Culinary Competition came to a climax with style on Friday 3rd August as celebrity chef, Levi Roots and Ethiopian chefs from London’s five star hotels, Alemayehu Seyoum and Kahsaye Yehdego, declared Mrs Genet Gebre Mariam winner of the Grand Ethiopian Traditional Cuisine Contest 2012, in the presence of invited guests that included members of Ethiopia’s Olympic Delegation to London 2012. Mrs Rahel Negasi and her assistant Mrs Yalem Bayu came second while Mrs Mulu Tesfaye clinched third place.


  • Finals
  • Qualifying Round
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    A Warm Welcome for Team Ethiopia at Heathrow

    July 31, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopians in London and its environs accorded a warm welcome on Wednesday (30th July) to the majority of Team Ethiopia upon its arrival at Heathrow on board the National Carrier, ETHIOPIAN.

  • ***The Ethiopians are coming!***

    Release: Immediate

    July 30, 2012 - LONDON - The majority of Ethiopia’s London 2012 team will be arriving at Heathrow terminal 3 today at 6pm on national carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

    The delegation will include the current Olympic gold medal winner in the 5,000m and 10,000m Tirunesh Dibaba, who won the medals in Beijing.


    Ethiopia’s Health Minister to speak at London Family Planning Summit

    Release: Immediate

    July 10, 2012 - LONDON - Ethiopia’s Health Minister, Dr Tewodros Adhanom, will speak at the London Summit on Family Planning that will take place on Wednesday, 11th July.

    The Minister will outline Ethiopia’s health strategy and ambitious health programme which is much admired by the international community.

  • Remarks by Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, at the Family Planning Summit, London, July 11, 2012
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    School Children Celebrate “Ethiopia Day” at Ethiopian Embassy London


    July 9, 2012 - LONDON - Close to one hundred primary school children from various primary schools in Britain today converged at the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to express their support to Team Ethiopia at London 2012.


    Ethiopian Embassy launches Cultural Olympics

    Release: Immediate

    July 5, 2012 - LONDON - The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London has today launched a six-week promotion of Ethiopia for the London Olympic Games by presenting vast displays of freshly-cut Ethiopian roses* to the Queen in her Jubilee year, to high-ranking British politicians and to heads of international organisations headquartered in London.


    Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance

    May 10, 2012

    A Sponsored Section from the May/June 2012 Issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine

    "Good news from the Horn of Africa is a rare commodity. In recent years, however, Ethiopia seems to be harvesting a healthy crop. In 2007, Africa’s oldest independent nation had the fastest-growing, non-oil driven economy among African countries, and its GDP growth has averaged around 10 percent since then. Ethiopia’s five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) is nevertheless addressing macroeconomic challenges, with intentions to double agricultural production, further develop the industry and manufacturing sector, and diversify its export basket. New infrastructure projects are under way to bring Millennium Development Goals (MDG) within reach, reduce foreign donor aid, and ameliorate the investment climate. Ethiopia knows its strengths lie in a marathon, not a sprint, and the government’s long-term development policies reflect this. Does this progress signal the beginning of Ethiopia’s revival?"

    Click here to download the full report


    Moves to twin Bath with Ethiopian city

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    A proposal to twin Bath with a city in Ethiopia has been discussed by councillors.

    The Ethiopian ambassador Berhanu Kebede visited the city this week to meet the Mayor of Bath and discuss the possibility of a twinning arrangement with the city of Hawassa.

    He was taken to Fairfield House, in Newbridge, which was the home of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie during an exile in the UK between 1936 and 1941. It is this historic link which is the driving force behind the proposal to secure a formal bond between Bath and the African city.


    It is with a great sense of sorrow that the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has learnt of the death of Ethiopia’s leading artist, the Most Honourable Maitre Artiste World Laureate, Afewerk Tekle. He died at the age of 80 on Tuesday April 10, 2012.

    May He Rest in Eternal Peace.


    Urban Development and Construction Minister Briefs Ethiopians on Urban Land Lease Holding Act

    April 4, 2012 – LONDON - A cross-section of Ethiopians from all over United Kingdom converged at the Ethiopian Embassy in London to hear H.E. Ato Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development and Construction, explain the salient features and provisions of the new Urban Land Lease Holding Act.


    Ethio-UK partnership based on democratic values, mutual trust and respect

    March 21, 2012 - LONDON - Over 200 guests enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Ethiopian Embassy at a reception hosted by the Rt. Hon. Laurence Robertson MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethiopia at the House of Commons on Tuesday, 20th March 2012.


    Italy’s Biased and Ill-informed Statement


    March 21, 2012 - Addis Ababa - Eritrea’s destabilization activities throughout the Horn of Africa sub-Region have long been condemned by the international community. Accordingly, the United Nations Security Council has already passed a series of Resolutions imposing sanctions on the regime. However, the regime has so far refused to heed the call of the international community to desist from supporting extremist elements in the region. Instead, the regime has made it a habit to portray itself as a victim when, in fact, it is the arch-culprit in this dangerous game of destabilization.


    University of Nottingham strengthens links with Ethiopia

    The University of Nottingham’s links with Ethiopia have been strengthened by a high-level visit from the African country.

    His Excellency Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, led a delegation to the University to sign two new agreements on teaching and research.


    The Ethiopian Defense Forces Strike at Terrorist Camps
    near Ethio-Eritrean Border


    March 15, 2012 - Addis Ababa - Early this morning the Ethiopian Defense forces attacked military targets 18kms inside Eritrea where the Eritrean government trained, armed and deployed hit and run terrorist and subversive groups, including one which recently attacked, killed and abducted European tourists in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Our military units have safely returned to camp after successfully carrying out this proportional military measure intended to safeguard Ethiopia's security along its border with Eritrea.


    Members of the Ethiopian-Somali Community in the UK
    buy bonds worth 7.18 million Birr


    March 14, 2012 - LONDON - Members of the Ethiopian Somali Community in the UK have raised £183,850 (5.1million birr) in cash by buying Renaissance Dam bonds and have pledged a further £75,000 (2.08 million birr) bringing the total to 7.18 million birr. They did so at a meeting on 4th March, held in the presence of a high-level Government delegation led by H.E. Abdi Mohammud Omer, President of the Somali Regional State.


    Ethiopian Minister of Health honoured by his former university

    Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health has been honoured by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as one of its most distinguished former students.

    Dr. Tedros was awarded an Honorary Fellowship – the School’s most prestigious honour - during the annual graduation ceremony on 10th March 2012. He was praised for his outstanding career including important contributions as a malariologist and public health leader.


    Responsibility stills falls squarely on the shoulders of the government of Eritrea


    ADDIS ABABA - 8 March 2012

    The government of Ethiopia is delighted that the efforts of the Afar elders to negotiate the release of the two German tourists kidnapped by an Eritrea organized terrorist group on January 16th have been successful. The two were kidnapped when a group of 27 tourists travelling in the Afar Regional State were attacked by gunmen. It was an act of open terrorism resulting in the death of five people with others injured and kidnapped. Those killed were two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian. The injured tourists included people from Italy, Belgium and the UK. Two Germans and two Ethiopians were kidnapped.


    Gibbons Stamp Monthly celebration
    at the Ethiopian Embassy


    LONDON, 28 February 2012

    The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London was the scene for the celebration of the March 2012 issue of Gibbon’s Stamp Monthly, published by the oldest and renowned stamp firm Stanley Gibbons, which carried a 6-page fully illustrated article on Ethiopia’s postal service and postage stamps, the first of two articles.




    The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 20th Extra-Ordinary Summit Meeting in Addis Ababa on 27th January 2012 under the Chairmanship of H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly.


    Press statement on Eritrean-backed tourist killings in the Afar Regional State

    ADDIS ABABA, 17 January 2012

    On Monday, 16 January 2012, a group of 27 tourists travelling in the Afar Regional State were attacked by gunmen. It was an act of open terrorism resulting in the death of five people with others injured and kidnapped. Those killed were two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian. The injured included one Hungarian, one Belgian and one British. Two Germans and two Ethiopians were also kidnapped.


    Ethiopian Airlines Refutes ET 409 Crash Report


    ADDIS ABABA, 17 January 2012 - Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the final investigation report released today by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport on the accident of ET 409 / 25 January 2010.

    The Airline maintained that the Lebanese Government had been speculating the cause of the accident as pilot error right from the day of the accident contrary to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13.

    Comments by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority on the Accident Investigation of Ethiopian Flight 409, Boeing 737-800, ET-ANB, January 25, 2010


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