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France Keen to Support Rehabilitation Efforts, Proposed National Dialogue –

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Addis Ababa, February 2, 2022 (Walta) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, received at his office the special envoy of France to the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Frederic Clavier. The two sides discussed the situation in Ethiopia, regional and bilateral issues.

Appreciating the longstanding relationship between the two countries, Demeke underlined Ethiopia’s keen interest to further cement it.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also said the stance of France regarding the recent situations in Ethiopia was balanced and encouraging.

Demeke also briefed the special envoy about encouraging peace efforts that the government of Ethiopia has been undertaking lately.

In this regard, he mentioned the establishment of the National Dialogue Commission, aiming to address critical national issues and create understanding among people.

He said the release of high political figures from prison would accelerate the success of the dialogue, making it more inclusive.

Although the government’s decision to withhold the advance of its troops from entering Tigray was said to augment peace efforts, the TPLF’s renewed attacks on adjacent regions are threatening to curb expectations, he added.

The special envoy thanked Demeke for the briefing and expressed his country’s interest to strengthen relationships with Ethiopia, a linchpin state in the region.

He further highlighted his country’s commitment to supporting rehabilitation efforts and the proposed all-inclusive dialogue that aimed to bring lasting peace to the country.

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