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Joint Communiqué Issued During the Official Visit of H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia

Upon the invitation of H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, paid an official visit to Ethiopia from 3 to 5 May 2017.

Upon his arrival at Bole International Airport, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, was accorded a warm welcome by H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, high-ranking government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and members of the Somali community.

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"We Can't Protest So We Pray" Anguish in Amhara During Ethiopia's State of Emergency

Woman and child outside a Gonder church with crosses marked in ash on their foreheads. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

By James Jeffrey

As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return.

Meanwhile, traffic flows across the same bridge spanning the Blue Nile that six months ago was crossed by a huge but peaceful protest march.'They were waiting for an excuse to shoot.' -Priest in Bahir Dar

But only a mile farther the march ended in the shooting of unarmed protesters by security forces, leaving Bahir Dar stunned for months.

Events last August in the prominent Amhara cities of Bahir Dar (the region's capital) and Gonder (the former historical seat of Ethiopian rule) signalled the spreading of the original Oromo protests to Ethiopia's second most populace region.

By October 9, following further disasters and unrest, the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front party declared a six-month state of emergency, which was extended at the end of this March for another four months.

Ethiopian national flags and regional Amhara flags flutter along the bridge over the Blue Nile on the road going east from Bahir Dar that the protesters took last year. A mile on from the bridge the peaceful march descended into tragedy with shots fired into the crowd. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

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Ethiopia :Mother of stowaway Somali teen fears for life

By ABDI GULED Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The mother of an ethnic Somali teenager who stowed away on a plane from California to Hawaii has left a refugee camp in Ethiopia because of what she says are death threats.
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Ethiopia to enhance support to Somalia-Ethiopian Prime Minister


The pledge came during a meeting between the premier and visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has pledged more support from his country to next-door Somalia, state-owned Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the agency, the pledge came during a Saturday meeting between the premier and visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

During the meeting, Desalegn said the Ethiopian forces, working under the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), have been significantly contributing to facilitating the rapid delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Somali people and also in the fight against al-Shabaab militant group.

The premier went on to say that Ethiopia would continue to support infrastructure development in Somalia.

Moreover, he said, the country will further boost its overall assistance to help Somalia build a sustainable administration system, adding that his government is backing efforts that aim to bring about reconciliation between the Somali government and militant groups in the Horn of Africa country.

Mohamud, for his part, said that Ethiopia is playing a major role in maintaining peace and stability in his country.

The Ethiopian forces, which recently joined AMISOM, have managed to liberate areas that had been occupied by Al-Shabaab within a short time, the Somali president said.

He also lauded Ethiopia’s efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance to those who are in need, according to the agency.

Mohamud arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday for talks with Ethiopian officials and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country recently appeared to inch closer to stability with the installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with bringing Al-Shabaab to heel.

Somalia and Ethiopia signed a defense agreement earlier this year.

Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia in 2006 to drive out the Islamic Courts Union, which ruled the Horn of Africa country.

Addis Ababa sent forces again into Somalia to join African peacekeepers to support the central government against the militant Al-Shabaab group.

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US Secretary of State Kerry raises detained Ethiopian bloggers with PM

Addis Ababa -  (dillapress.com)US Secretary of State John Kerry said he had raised concerns about Ethiopia's detention of six bloggers and three journalists during a meeting with the country's prime minister on Thursday.

The bloggers - part of a group called Zone 9 that has published articles and appeals criticising government policies - and the local journalists were arrested last week and accused with attempting to incite violence.

Rights groups have taken to Twitter and other websites calling for their release and accused the government of trying to silence critics.

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