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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Irish citizens in Ethiopia advised to leave immediately

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has advised that Irish citizens in Ethiopia leave the country immediately due to an escalating war as Tigrayan rebels edge closer to the capital Addis Ababa.

Coveney said that around 80 Irish citizens in the country have been advised to leave. The Ethiopian Government has informed Ireland’s embassy in Addis Ababa that four Irish diplomats serving at the embassy must leave within one week with the exception of the ambassador and one other diplomat.

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Ethiopian authorities stated that the decision to scale down the size of Ireland’s embassy in Addis Ababa is due to the positions that Ireland has articulated on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

Coveney said that he deeply regretted the decision by the Government and that the Ethiopian Government was targetting Ireland in relation to its commentary.

“Our engagement internationally on Ethiopia, including at the Security Council, has been consistent with the positions and statements made by the European Union, including by the EU High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell”.

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Coveney stated that Ireland fully supports the role of the African Union in seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict, which includes the work of its special envoy, former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo.

Coveney added that although the embassy will continue to provide consular services, the reduction in staff will have an impact.

Coveney hopes that the Government’s decision would be temporary.

IMAGE – “Simon Carbery Coveney” (CC BY 2.0) by EU2017EE

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