Ethiopia’s expulsion of Irish diplomats on Irish war stance

The Irish government stated that Ethiopia has ordered four of the six Irish diplomats working in Addis Ababa to leave the country because of Ireland’s outspoken stance on the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Ethiopian government notified the Irish Embassy in the capital of Ethiopia that the four people must leave within a week. The Irish ambassador and another diplomat were allowed to stay.

The department said in a statement that the Ethiopian authorities stated that this was “because of Ireland’s international position, including the United Nations Security Council, regarding the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.”

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he “deeply regretted” the decision and pointed out that Ethiopia has been the largest recipient of Irish aid funds for the past five years.

He added that in view of the deteriorating security situation in Ethiopia, the government recommends not to travel to the country and all Irish citizens there should leave immediately.

Ireland and the African members of the UN Security Council issued a statement on November 5 calling for a ceasefire and stressing the importance of full humanitarian access to Tigray and political dialogue between all parties.

Tens of thousands of people were killed in a year-long war between Ethiopia and allied forces and fighters in the Tigray region in the north of the country. They controlled the national government for a long time before Prime Minister Abi Ahmed took office. The Tigray forces are moving closer to the capital, and the United States and other countries have warned that the second most populous country in Africa may divide and destabilize the Horn of Africa.

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