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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In your English weekly newspaper, The Reporter, published on the 2nd of February, 2019, you misquoted and erroneously covered the news of Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Workneh Gebeyehu’s (PhD) report to the House of People’s Representatives.

In the news, which was headlined: “Ethiopian government urges Sudan to tighten border control,” it was stated: “…we have clearly informed them [Sudan authorities] that, otherwise, this will eventually lead to the cutting or impacting of diplomatic ties and relations.”

With regards to border control, the fact remains that, in his report, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebyehu duly noted the problems related to uncontrolled arms trafficking long the borders of Ethiopia and the Republic of the Sudan, and clearly underlined the critical need to stem the challenge, while at the same time, underlining the mutual efforts and constructive engagements well underway with the government of the Republic of the Sudan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia regrets that your news article does not fully capture both the intent and the nuance of the Minister’s report.

Unfortunately, your erroneous coverage of the report has been widely disseminated by dozens of media outlets in the Sudan and beyond.

Albeit the damages done thereof, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia demands a swift apology and correction.


Nebiat Getachew


Ministry of foreign Affairs

Ed.’s Note: The Reporter on its part recognizes that the Minister’s statement was misquoted. Hence, we would like to state that we have retracted the statement and would like extend our apologies to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD), Minister of Foreign Affairs, and our esteemed readers.