The Irish ambassador and another diplomat told them that they could stay, but the others must leave, the government said.
The Irish government stated that Ethiopia has informed that four of the six Irish diplomats serving at its embassy in Addis Ababa will leave the country by next week.
A statement on Wednesday stated that the Irish ambassador and another diplomat were told earlier this week that they can stay, but the others must leave.
“I deeply regret this decision of the Ethiopian government,” Foreign Minister Simon Covini said, adding that he hopes the move will be temporary.
Ethiopian officials did not immediately comment.
Covini defended the position of the ongoing conflict between the Irish government and the Tigray army, saying it was consistent with the position of other institutions, including the European Union.
Ireland was a signatory of the UN Security Council statement on November 5, which called for a ceasefire due to the escalation of fighting in the north of the country.
The Irish government stated that it responded to the call of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to require full humanitarian access, ending fighting and political dialogue.
The Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa has not yet closed, and the remaining two diplomats continue to cooperate with institutions including the African Union.
“Ireland fully supports the role of the African Union in seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict, including through the work of its special envoy, former Nigerian President Olesegon Obasanjo,” said Kovinni. “We are committed to Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The announcement came less than two months after the Ethiopian government ordered seven senior officials. United Nations officials Leaving Ethiopia, accusing them of “interfering” in its internal affairs.
The seven officials, including individuals from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), were declared “unwelcome persons” and were allowed to leave the country within 72 hours.
Since November 2020, fighting in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia has been fiercely between the federal army and the forces allied with them.
In November 2020, Prime Minister Abi Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) sent troops into Tigray to disband after months of tension with the ruling party in the northern region. Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party dominated national politics for 30 years.
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner promised a quick victory, but by late June, the Tigray army had regrouped and retaken most of Tigray, including its capital Merkel.
Since then, the Tigray army has advanced the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions and this week claimed control of Shewa Robit, which is only 220 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of Addis Ababa. The Tigray army and its allies threatened to march on the capital Addis Ababa. They have also been working to cut off the transport corridor connecting inland Ethiopia with Djibouti, the main port in the region.
Ethiopian official media Report On Wednesday, Abiy went to the front to personally direct the war effort.
“It’s time to lead this country with sacrifice,” Abbey said on Twitter late Monday. “Those who want to be Ethiopian children praised by history, stand up for your country today. Let’s meet on the front lines.”
Thousands of people were killed in brutal conflicts marked by gang rapes, mass deportations and the destruction of medical centers.
The prospect of the country’s disintegration shocked Ethiopians and observers, who worried about what would happen in this often turbulent region.U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Turkey and many other countries Tell their citizens Leave immediately.
Ireland currently does not recommend all travel to Ethiopia, and Irish citizens should leave the country immediately through commercial means.
Ireland has established a diplomatic agency in Ethiopia since 1994 and has provided US$185 million in government aid funds in the past five years.
In the next few weeks, Irish Aid will pay US$18 million to partners operating in Ethiopia, including United Nations humanitarian organizations.