Solving Internal Problems would Enable us to Withstand External Pressures

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Redwan Hussein

Addis Ababa, January 1, 2022 (Walta) – State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Redwan Hussein, in an exclusive interview with Horn Review, said that solving internal problems would enable us to withstand external pressures.

Ambassador Redwan added that 2021 has been a tumultuous year for Ethiopia with a number of twists and turns, shenanigans, and political maneuverings; this has helped Ethiopia clearly distinguish its trusted allies from its fair weather friends.

This past year has also revealed the interests and motivations of our regional and global partners. We have indisputably witnessed various pressure campaigns in an attempt to bend the will of the Federal Government, the elected representative of the Ethiopian people, to fit western agenda, Ambassador Redwan stated.

Similar to these very nations, Ethiopia has its own foreign policy priorities and should not be expected to be at the beck and call of external powers. We are grappling not only with the challenges and aftermath of the conflict in the North, and all the while asserting our sovereignty and autonomy in the Horn and beyond.

The upcoming all-inclusive dialogue will help in sorting out our issues and better equip Ethiopians to chart a path of their own choosing.

Ethiopia remains a significant actor in the Horn, and in Africa. As such, it is our prerogative to establish a clear message that coercive diplomacy is an unfruitful approach.

Though we are poor, we still have our dignity and pride. And for the Ethiopian people, hunger is a preferable alternative to subservience to terms and conditions of outside entities. Though we are constantly reminded of the quintals of grain we are receiving, our inherent value is not determined by the foreign assistance.

Additionally, we will need to galvanize our existing partnerships with friends and partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to uplift our global standing.

Our Ministry is doing its best to reach out to countries and other entities with a genuine interest in understanding our position. We are hopeful that these partners will contribute positively to rectifying the highly partisan narrative that has been purposefully imposed on the nation and its people.

First, there needs to be clarity in our understanding of the term “national dialogue”. The tentative national dialogue is meant to establish a shared goal amongst the people, and the political elite, it does not mean bargaining with designated terrorist elements.

This endeavor could take months, or perhaps years depending on the process. Considering the current reality, Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) will not participate in the dialogue precisely because their terms are self-defeating. No legitimate government can be made to accept preconditions from terrorist elements and Ethiopia certainly will not. It is the Ethiopian government’s responsibility to set clear conditions