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Ed’s Note: the following information has been added to the news below based on official information provided by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Accordingly, Amb. Amin Abdulkadir, Ethiopia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and was based in Riyadh, has been reassigned as Ethiopia’s envoy to Algeria, while the information on Wubshet Demise, Ethiopia’s consul general based in Jeddah, remains unchanged.

In addition, the Ministry also reassigned Ambasador Girum Abay, who was Ethiopia’s envoy in Moscow, Russia to Brussels, the Baltic States and Benelux countries. And  Ambassador Solomon Abebe, who was Ethiopia’s envoy in Algeria is now assigned in Nigeria.

The ministry did not give reason for the reshuffle. Nor is any detail on why Ethiopia’s consul general based in Jeddah, Wubshet Demise, is summoned to the ministry.

 

Addis Abeba, May 23/2018 – Reports coming from sources within Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs say that the ministry has recalled Amb. Amin Abdulkadir, Ethiopia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and based in Riyadh and Wubshet Demise, Ethiopia’s consul general based in Jeddah are recalled to report to the ministry.

 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has paid an official visit to the Kingdom last week, during which he negotiated the release of more than a thousand Ethiopian prisoners.

According to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the PM’s Office, the PM Abiy has also “met & comforted” Halima, the “distraught but resilient mother” of Mohammed Abdul Aziz Yahya, the 16 year old Ethiopian who was left paralyzed in Jeddah hospital for the past twelve years due to botched medical procedure. Mohammed’s family has reached an agreement with the Saudi government for full compensations and a said to return to Ethiopia soon.

Addressing a public gathering in Addis Abeba on Saturday May 20th, PM Abiy Ahmed also said  he has reached a “100%” agreement with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding the release of Ethiopian born billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, who is in prison in the Kingdom.

Our sources did not specify the reason for the recalling but said both are expected to report to the ministry “any time soon.” AS

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