Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today received Demeke Mekonnen, Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, for talks at the Federal Foreign Office. Their discussions focused on the conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia: “Ethiopia needs a ceasefire,” Maas emphasised.
Millions of people in the Horn of Africa depend on humanitarian aid. COVID-19 is making the situation worse. In Ethiopia and Somalia, cooperation with the German Red Cross has made it possible to respond quickly and flexibly to the pandemic by implementing sanitation and health measures.
Relations between Germany and Ethiopia, which have been in place since 1905, have traditionally been good and are fostered by reciprocal high-level visits. The visit by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1954…
The worst locust infestation in decades is currently destroying crops and pastureland in the Horn of Africa. There is a risk of famine in the region. Germany has made available two million euros for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation.
The international community still faces many challenges this year. However, a large number of success stories show why it is worthwhile continuing to be active worldwide.
Rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is a source of renewed hope after 20 years of hostility.