Rex Tillerson and Sergei Lavrov to visit Ethiopia in the first week of March
Tigrai Online, March 1, 2018
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov will visit Ethiopia some time next week
According to Reuters news today the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Ethiopia some time at the end of the first week of March. The American top diplomat will be traveling to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria during his March 6-13 trip which is his first trip to Africa as a top U.S. diplomat.
Meanwhile the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov will be visiting Ethiopia the same time as the U.S. Secretary of State the Federal Government Communication Affairs Office of Ethiopia said on its website. The Russian Foreign Minister will be visiting five African nations including Ethiopia. In his tour the Russian Foreign Minister will visit the Southern African nations of Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia announced it opposes the Ethiopian government's decision imposing a state of emergency in the country. "We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression," the embassy said in a statement. The unexpected U.S. Embassy statement angered many Ethiopians unleashing a furry of criticism against the U.S. government on social media.
It seems the Americans are wasting no time to repair the damage done by their junior diplomat in Addis Ababa. Tillerson “plans to discuss ways we can work with our partners to counter terrorism, advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment” the department said in a statement.
The Russians on the other hand may be more than willing to bring Ethiopia in to their sphere. The Horn of Africa region is heating up more than normal and the super powers are sniffing around to find a weak point to sneak in.
This is a perfect opportunity for the Ethiopian government to demand that the U.S. government to expel all extremist groups and shut their medias including radio stations and TV stations like ESAT which are poising the youth in Ethiopia.