HE. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia met today (January 27) with EU Ambassadors and representatives of European countries to discuss issues of mutual concern.
On the occasion, Mr. Demeke delivered a detailed briefing on the humanitarian assistance efforts that the government and pertinent bodies are undertaking in the Tigray region.
In this regard, he said food and non-food items, including pharmaceuticals, are being delivered to people in Tigray identifying their needs and facilitating the delivery through the 92 distribution centers.
He said various government agencies, international humanitarian organizations, and aid agencies are collaborating well in rendering humanitarian relief services in the region.
Telecom, banking, electric power supply, and other basic services have been reactivated and resumed functioning coupled with the government’s efforts to rehabilitate and rebuild destroyed infrastructures Mr. Demeke said.
He said the interim administration of the region is also functioning well and is undertaking its normal duties in all areas of the region with close consultation and collaboration with the federal government.
Regarding the allegations of human rights abuses, Mr.Demeke reiterated the government’s commitment to probing into the issue.
The Deputy Prime Minister also addressed the ambassadors’ concerns on the upcoming general election in the country and other regional issues.
The ambassadors appreciated Mr. Demeke for addressing their concerns.
The meeting ended with an agreement to work closely and continue engagements.