PM to travel to US to meet Ethiopians
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) will travel to the United States of America at the end of this month to hold a discussion with Ethiopians residing there.
Unlike any other foreign trip, the sole objective of this trip is to hold a discussion with members of the Ethiopian diaspora. Regarding whether there is a planned meeting with senior US officials, state minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Almaz Ayano told The Reporter that “the trip is organized only to discuss and meet with Ethiopians and only Ethiopians.”
Apart from discussing with the Diaspora in the US over various issues including the ongoing political developments, reforms and changes that the country is facing; the visit is also aimed at promoting the involvement of the Diaspora living in the US in the ongoing reform and change in the country, Almaz emphasized.
A committee that facilitates the trip is organized and chaired by the state minister while Daniel Kibret, a renowned social critic, is serving as secretary of the committee. The theme of the visit is “Break the wall, Build a Bridge.”
A Similar committee is also established in the US to facilitate the visit. The one located in Washington DC is chaired by Kassa Teklebirhan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the US.
According to the schedule, the PM will meet Ethiopians in Washington DC on July 28 and those living in Los Angeles on July 29, 2018. He is also expected to attend a reconciliation effort launched by some 30 volunteer Ethiopians to reunite the two Ethiopian Orthodox Churches under two separate patriarchs, one residing in Ethiopia and the other in the US.
The Ministry and the committee extended its invitation to all Ethiopians residing in the US to participate in the meeting regardless of their political ideology, religion, gender and ethnic background.
The organizers expect some 20,000 Ethiopians to take part in the meeting and discussions with the PM in each gathering. There will also be small scale discussions and sideline events.