• 'We do not interfere in other countries' domestic affairs': Egypt ambassador told Ethiopia

    Egypt’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday media reports that Egypt's ambassador to Addis Ababa met with Ethiopia's minister of foreign affairs on Wednesday to answer questions related to the authenticity of a video reportedly showing unidentified Egyptians hailing the separatist Oromo Liberation Front during a recent public gathering of alleged Oromo supporters in Cairo.

    "Egypt does not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs," Egypt’s ambassador to Ethiopia Abu Bakr Hefny told the East African country's state minister for foreign affairs Taye Atske-Selassie, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs.

    Hefny said that the video "does not reflect the reality at all," describing it as an attempt by third parties to sow discord between Egypt and Ethiopia, especially considering that bilateral relations have been improving in recent months, the statement read. 

    Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Sunday following a week of violent anti-government protests by Oromo supporters, which led to deaths and property damage across the country.

    Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid added today that the discussions in the Wednesday meeting reflected a “mutual understanding of the importance of securing the positive momentum in bilateral relations while not giving a chance for any subversion between the two countries.”

    The meeting in Addis Ababa last week came hours after the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that Egypt was supporting the Oromo Liberation Front, which has been leading protests against the Addis Ababa government.

    Shortly after the Turkish agency's report was published on Wednesday, Egypt denied in an official statement that it was backing the opposition group, denouncing "attempts by some malicious parties to sow discord between Egypt and Ethiopia.”

    Egypt and Ethiopia had witnessed tensions in recent years over the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam mega project, with Cairo expressing fears that the dam would negatively affect its Nile water share. Addis Ababa has maintained that the dam project, which Ethiopia needs to generate electricity, would not harm downstream countries.

    However, relations improved after Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed in September the final contracts for the long-awaited technical studies on the potential impact of the dam on downstream countries. 


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  • 11 factories, 60 vehicles damaged by anti-peace forces in Sebeta town in recent days


    Eleven factories which employed over 40,000 workers as well as  close to 60 vehicles were damaged in attacks carried out by anti-peace forces in Sebeta town in recent days.

    These forces burned a total of 11 factories, including Tutu textile, Aba Guna, Ababo Highland and Roto plastic factories. 

    There had been over 40,000 recruits in these factories, most of whom were heads of families, according to police report.

    These anti-peace forces also inflicted partial and total damages to 62 vehicles.

     Eye witnesses told FBC's reporter Sayigen Dima that those individuals who attacked the factories were strangers and used fuel and rubber to burn the factories and the vehicles.

    They also  forced people to close shops and obstructed the peaceful activities of the people until late in the afternoon.

    The Sebeta town administration finally called on the residents and the business community to resume their normal daily activities as of tomorrow since it has done all the necessary security works.



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  • Ethio-Djibouti railway to be inaugurated tomorrow

     The Ethio-Djibouti railway will be inaugurated tomorrow, said the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC).

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti will inaugurate the railway line linking the two countries.

    Dereje Tefera, Communication and Public Relations Director at the Corporation told FBC today that the railway will start trial operation after the inauguration.      

    After 3-5 months of test run, the railway, which was built at a cost of 3.4 billion US dollars, will begin regular service.

    Upon going fully operational, the railway helps carry 3,000 tonnes of goods in a single trip. It also reduces goods travel time from Djibouti to 10 hours.

    It will give transport service for 2, 400 people. The Ethio-Djibouti line will create jobs for 5,000 people.



    Source FBC

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