Ambassador Girma Birru presents credentials to the Governor General of Jamaica
By Tsehaye Tessema
Tigrai Online, May 14, 2015
Ambassador Girma Birru presenting credential to His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt. J.
On Tuesday, 12 May 2015, Ambassador Girma Birru presented his letter of credence, accrediting him to be the non-resident Ambassador of Ethiopia to Jamaica, to the Governor General of Jamaica, His Excellency the Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt. J.
The presentation marks a significant milestone in Ethiopia’s relations with Jamaica. Despite longstanding diplomatic relationship, this is the first time that an Ethiopian Ambassador has been accredited to Jamaica from Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Girma expressed Ethiopia's desire to further strengthen the existing friendly relations in a mutually beneficial manner. He noted that the love that Rastafarians have for Ethiopia and the admiration for the late Emperor Haileselassie by most Jamaicans has helped to strengthen the closer affinity and positive sentiments between the people of the two countries. Ethiopians on their part, admire Jamaican short-distance athletes, according to the Ambassador.
He added that the Ethiopian government is hopeful to strengthen these people-to-people relations. "Ethiopia considers Jamaica to be a gateway to the Caribbean and beyond. We can further develop our relations in the areas of tourism and sports among others."
In accepting the credentials, the Governor General said that Jamaica stood to benefit from its relations with Ethiopia in fostering the existing goodwill between the two peoples, cultural exchange and the welfare of the Jamaicans in Ethiopia. "The promotion of these areas of cooperation and positively addressing issues of Jamaicans in Ethiopia will be the heart of my tenure", the Ambassador stated.
Ambassador Girma had earlier presented copies of his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnold Nicholson. Following the presentation, the Ambassador met with the Prime Minister, Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, the Mayor of Kingston, Ms.Angela Brown Burke, President of Jamaica Promotion Corporation (JAMPRO), Ms. Diane Edwards, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeil, as well as a courtesy call on the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Dr. Jose Ares German, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic.
Ambassador Girma Birru presenting credential to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Honourable Arnold Nicholson. The Ambassador also met with the Mayor of Kingston, Ms. Angela Brown Burke (left)
He also attended a reception hosted in his honor by Ms. Yodit Getachew Hylton, the Honorary Consul of Ethiopia in Jamaica, where the Ambassador had the opportunity to meet with diplomatic community and the few members of the Ethiopian Diaspora.