On the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Abiy Ahmed, Foreign Minister Maas has issued the following statement today (11 October):
Congratulations, Abiy Ahmed! In you, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is honouring a truly extraordinary leader in Africa whose courage and foresight set an inspiring example beyond the African continent.
In a very short time, Prime Minister Abiy has brought about developments that no one would have thought possible. A peace process after decades of deadlocked conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. A peaceful, democratic change in Ethiopia. And, in the neighbouring Sudan, Prime Minister Abiy mediated between protesters and the military, which was one major reason why the revolution this summer led to a peaceful transition of power.
The conferral of the Nobel Peace Prize is a very special show of recognition for the Prime Minister’s truly distinguished service. We join him and the Ethiopian people in celebrating this honour.
For the upcoming reforms and the continuing peaceful developments in the Horn of Africa, we extend our best wishes as a partner and friend. Ethiopia and its neighbouring countries can continue to count on Germany’s support along their path.