Solving internal problems would allow us to resist external pressures

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Redwan Hussein

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

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

The past year has also revealed the interests and motivations of our regional and global partners. We have undoubtedly witnessed various pressure campaigns to try to bend the will of the federal government, the elected representative of the Ethiopian people, to adapt to the Western agenda, Ambassador Redwan said.

Like those same nations, Ethiopia has its own foreign policy priorities and should not be at the mercy of outside powers. We are not only grappling with the challenges and consequences of conflict in the North, and while asserting our sovereignty and autonomy in the Horn and beyond.

The upcoming global dialogue will help resolve our issues and better prepare Ethiopians to chart a course of their choosing.

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

Although we are poor, we still have our dignity and pride. And for the Ethiopian people, hunger is a preferable alternative to submission to the terms and conditions of outside entities. Although we are constantly reminded of the quintals of grain we receive, our intrinsic value is not determined by foreign aid.

Additionally, we will need to galvanize our existing partnerships with friends and partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to elevate 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 hope that these partners will contribute positively to rectifying the highly partisan rhetoric that has been deliberately forced upon the nation and its people.

First, our understanding of the term “national dialogue” must be clear. The provisional national dialogue aims to establish a shared objective between the people and the political elite, it does not mean bargaining with designated terrorist elements.

This business could take months or even years depending on the process. Given the current reality, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) will not participate in the dialogue precisely because its terms are doomed to failure. No legitimate government can be compelled to accept preconditions from terrorist elements, and Ethiopia certainly will not. It is the responsibility of the Ethiopian government to establish clear conditions and standards in order to advance normalization and rehabilitation efforts.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to expand its reach not only through traditional diplomacy, but also by using the tools of this digital age. While there may be initial shocks to the system, I believe the long-term benefits of this reform will be many. “

“The to One is to assert our relevance by dealing with our domestic issues, but also to convey a positive image. Second, the ministry plans to strengthen its partnership with Ethiopians in the diaspora as well as friends of Ethiopia, to facilitate channels for investment and tourism. he added.

“Finally, we are only beginning to venture deeper into our internal economic reform agenda to improve our economic development. If our ambition is to become progressively autonomous, we always seek partnerships and projects both in terms of investments and aid.

“We are expanding our public diplomacy and public relations departments and equipping them with young professionals who are highly qualified in digital communication. In addition to local languages, we are expanding our language base to French, Arabic, Spanish and English, to integrate the diaspora. In addition, we aim to increase our collaboration and business with Ethiopian ministries, as well as with diaspora agencies and organizations. “

It is evident that the level of cohesion observed in the diaspora is a reflection of our unity at home; I hope that the next national dialogue will also forge closer ties within the diaspora.

“The year 2022 will bring increased involvement of the diaspora. We hope that the great homecoming that is taking place will give the diaspora ample opportunity to assess for itself the reality on the ground. “

As a direct stakeholder, the diaspora can play a crucial role in disseminating accurate information, he said.

At the same time, laudable efforts are being made by the diaspora to help with the arduous task of reconstruction after the damage to hospitals, schools and other public facilities caused by the war.

Our main task in the coming year is to strengthen our domestic reform efforts. We expect this to have a cascading effect in encouraging our partners and friends to increase collaboration, both in the diplomatic and development spheres.

In addition, although we may have ended the conflict, we will have to start reconstruction and reconstruction of infrastructure. Next year will be the year of mending, reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Over the coming year, we tentatively plan to hold a number of workshops, roundtables and trainings in and around university campuses on fundamental international affairs issues relevant to our continent, region and country. world.

He added that the Foreign Ministry plans to keep the current wave of citizen diplomacy on our university campuses.

Shirlene J. Manley