ADDIS ABABA- Hosting the 35thAU Summit in person in Addis Ababa will have a paramount importance to demonstrate the peace of the country and counter the baseless propaganda of some interest groups, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.
At a weekly briefing he held here yesterday, MoFA Spokesperson Ambassador Dina Mufti stated that the summit, which will take place next week, also have a paramount importance in thwarting the baseless propaganda of the corporate media.
Noting some countries have made immense efforts to change the venue of the summit under the pretext of Covid-19 pandemic and also the northern conflict, the spokesperson indicated that Ethiopia’s meticulous diplomacy have convinced AU member states to convene the Summit here.
The national committee established to oversee preparations to host the African Union Ministerial and Heads of State and Government Sessions has convened on Tuesday for deliberations. Stakeholders from various sectors took part in the meeting and tabled their plans ranging from protocol services and accommodations to safety issues for further deliberations, Dina elaborated.
“The forthcoming in-person AU session isa great opportunity for Ethiopians to show the peaceful and stable realities on the ground, contrary to the relentless campaigns that sought to tarnish the image of the country.”
It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) issued a statement over the week appreciating the decision of the AU member states to convene the 35th AU summit in person in Addis Ababa. “Ethiopia is pleased with the current leaders of Africa for acknowledging Ethiopia’s historic and unwavering stance to advance African and Pan-African agendas.”
The Premier further noted that the summit would also demonstrate Ethiopia’s peace and stability and create opportunities for the country to restate its stance on the African Agenda. By the same token, the event would practically exhibit Ethiopia’s good status to our African allies.
The 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (Ministerial Session) and the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU (Heads of State and Government Session) will take place from 02-06 February 2022.
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BY HAILE DEMEKE
THE FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 2022