Security Message: Commercial Air Availability from Addis Ababa

The security environment in Ethiopia remains very fluid. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens in Ethiopia to depart now using commercially available options. The U.S. Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Ethiopia with departure if commercial options become unavailable. Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis . U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ethiopia, currently …

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Security Alert: Authorized Departure of Non-Emergency U.S. Government Employees and Family Members from U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Location: Ethiopia Event: On November 3, the Department authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members of emergency and non-emergency employees from Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, and possible supply shortages. U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should consider departing now using commercial options. Those planning to remain should ensure they have sufficient provisions …

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Travel Advisory: Ethiopia – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.  U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should consider departing now using commercial options. Travel to Ethiopia is unsafe at this time due to the ongoing armed conflict.  Incidents of civil unrest …

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Security Alert: Update on Security Situation in Amhara, Afar and Tigray Regions

The U.S. Embassy continues to closely track developments in northern Ethiopia and is aware of intensified fighting in the Amhara region, including around Dessie and Kombolcha. U.S. citizens in Amhara and Afar should monitor local media, be prepared to shelter in place if they are near areas of conflict and should strongly consider departing these …

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Security Alert: Update on Security Situation in Tigray and Sections of Afar and Amhara

Access to telephone and internet in the Tigray region remains cut.  Availability of basic services, including electricity, is spotty.  Reports of interruptions to essential items, such as food, fuel, and money, persist.  The U.S. Embassy is unable to contact American citizens in the region. The U.S. Embassy continues to closely track developments and to assess how these …

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Alert: Situation in Mekele

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa continues to closely follow the complex and evolving situation in the Tigray Region.  Based on the current information available, flights to and from Mekele have been suspended temporarily, with no indication when they will resume.  Roads to and from Mekele are blocked, public transportation is not operating from the city, and cell phone …

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Revised Travel Advisory

The Department of State revised its  Travel Advisory for Ethiopia on June 7, 2021. The Department continues to advise travelers not to travel to Ethiopia due to COVID-19. This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on April 21, 2021. Please read the entire  Travel Advisory  and the  Country Information page  for all regions of Ethiopia.  We continue to update our Travel Advisory regarding safety …

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Alert: Possible Protests Starting Tomorrow, May 30

Location:  Addis Ababa              Event: The U.S. Embassy is monitoring calls on social media for protests at several locations around Addis Ababa over the next few days.  These include a demonstration against U.S. sanctions and foreign influence in Ethiopia tomorrow, Sunday May 30, at the stadium and Meskel Square areas from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Road closures in the area could begin as early as 6:00 a.m. and may …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Accepting Certain Expired U.S. Passports for the Direct Return of U.S. Citizens to the United States

Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports.   If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.   You qualify for this …

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Alert: UPDATE Potential Protests on Friday May 21, 2021 – Consular Services Cancelled

Location:  Addis Ababa Event: The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor calls on social media for protests at several embassies around Addis Ababa, including the U.S. Embassy on Friday, May 21. We understand that a protest may take place at approximately 10:00 at the U.S. Embassy. We urge caution in moving about the city given calls …

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Alert: Potential Protests on Friday May 21, 2021/Consular Services Cancelled

Location:  Addis Ababa   Event: The U.S. Embassy is monitoring calls on social media for protests at several embassies around Addis Ababa, including the U.S. Embassy, tomorrow, Friday May 21.  Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled consular services tomorrow and ask that you stay away from the Embassy.  For American Citizen Services questions, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall May 27 10:00 a.m.

Ambassador Geeta Pasi invites you to a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday May 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. All adult U.S. citizens living in Ethiopia are invited to participate.  You will receive updates on U.S. initiatives in Ethiopia, security tips, COVID-19, and consular services for U.S. citizens living here.  Please RSVP to  AddisUSCitTownHall@state.gov  no later than Friday, May 21 at 5:00 …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Rates Spiking; Hospital Beds for COVID Patients Full

Location:  Ethiopia Event: COVID-19 Rates Spiking; Hospital Beds for COVID Patients Full Community transmission of the coronavirus in Ethiopia is widespread and accelerating rapidly.  Public and private hospitals in Addis Ababa are reporting that their COVID bedspace is full.  Life-saving oxygen and medical supplies are difficult to secure.  Through March 20, 2021, there have been …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Unit has Received Stimulus Checks for American Citizens

Do you believe you might be entitled to a stimulus check? If so, you can check https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment to determine if your payment has been processed and sent. If the check was mailed to you in Ethiopia, the American Citizen Services unit may have received it. Please email us at AddisACS@state.gov to see if we have your check. …

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Passport Drop-off and Delivery Options

Instructions for dropping-off passports and visa documents  Beginning February 5, 2021, passport and visa document courier services will no longer be available through the visa application website for visa applicants in Addis Ababa. If you qualify for waiver of your in-person appearance for a visa interview, or have been requested to submit documents for your visa application, …

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Health Alert: CDC Waiver of Pre-Flight Testing in Extremely Limited Circumstances

LOCATION:  Worldwide EVENT:  Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)    Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)    Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must …

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Security Alert: Recent Reports of Robberies in Popular Hiking Areas in Addis Ababa

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has received several reports of recent strong-armed robberies of American citizens and others hiking in three popular areas — Entoto and Yeka (behind the British Embassy) parks, as well as the Guellele Botanical Gardens. The hikers were in groups that were surrounded by multiple men who were armed with …

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Travel Advisory: Ethiopian Airlines Between Addis Ababa and Mekele

The U.S. Embassy has been informed that Ethiopian Airlines is resuming flights between Addis Ababa and Mekele starting tomorrow.  Please contact Ethiopian Airlines directly to book flight reservations. Assistance:  U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia+251-111-306-000+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours) addisacs@state.gov https://et.usembassy.gov State Department – Consular Affairs:   888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Ethiopia Country Information Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updatesFollow us on  Twitter

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Update on Situation in the Tigray Region

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa continues to monitor the situation in the Tigray region.  Some cell phone service, but not wi-fi/internet, has been restored in parts of ​the Tigray region, including Mekele, Maychew and in western Tigray, including the towns of Dansha, Humera, and Maikadra.  The Government of Ethiopia reports it continues to work to restore ​telecommunications service elsewhere …

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Update on Communication in the Tigray Region

Communications remain cut to most of the Tigray Region.  However, today the U.S. Embassy received information that cell phone service, but not wi-fi/internet, has been restored in parts of western Tigray, including the towns of Dansha, Humera, and Maikadra.  The Government of Ethiopia reports it continues to work to restore service elsewhere in the Region. The U.S. Embassy …

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Update on Situation in the Tigray Region

Military activity continues in the  Tigray Region and telephone and internet service in the Region remain cut.  We do not know if there will be additional UN-coordinated relocation efforts out of Tigray, though the U.S. Embassy continues to work with the UN to help citizens safely depart the region if conditions permit.  U.S. citizens who …

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Update on Situation in the Tigray Region

Military activity continues in the  Tigray Region and telephone and internet service in the Region remain cut.  We do not know if there will be additional UN-coordinated relocation efforts out of Tigray, though the U.S. Embassy continues to work with the UN to help citizens safely depart the region if conditions permit.  U.S. citizens who …

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Security Alert: Attacks on Airports in Bahir Dar and Gondar

The Government of Ethiopia has announced that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) launched missile attacks on the airports of Bahir Dar and Gondar cities during the late evening of November 13.  These attacks indicates that TPLF forces have some intent and capacity to target areas outside of the Tigray Region. Please avoid any travel …

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Alert: Potential Relocation of American Citizens from Mekelle

Military activity continues in the ​Tigray Region and telephone and internet access in the Region remain cut.  U.S. citizens in Tigray should shelter in place.  The U.S. Embassy is working on potential relocation plans for U.S. citizens in Mekelle.  If you are a U.S. citizen in Tigray with satellite access or you have ​a U.S. citizen family ​member who you believe is in Mekelle, and you have not provided us your relative’s name and contact information before, please …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Appointments Now Open for Passport Renewals

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce that we will resume limited routine processing of American citizen services later this month. Initially, we will only take appointments for passport renewals (adults and children). Please monitor our U.S. Citizen Services page – https://et.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/ . On Friday November 4, we will open …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting From Overseas

In order to vote in the November 3, 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020 . Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. If you have not completed the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in the November 3, 2020 U.S. Elections

In order to vote in the November 3, 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020 . Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. Register to vote and request your absentee …

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American Citizen Services Only Providing Emergency Services

Location:  Ethiopia Event:  American Citizen Services Only Providing Emergency Services Due to rising number of COVID-19 cases and ongoing staffing shortages, the American Citizen Services unit announces further restrictions and the requirements to qualify for service. We will ONLY provide passport service for verified life-or-death emergencies. Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in …

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Security Alert: Protests and Unrest in Addis Ababa

Location: Addis Ababa Event: The U.S. Embassy is monitoring reports of protests and unrest, including gunfire, throughout Addis Ababa following the June 29 shooting death of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessa. Police have been deployed around the city in response to reports of violence but the situation is volatile at this time. This morning’s protests included one outside the …

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Alert: Revised Quarantine Requirements for Arriving Travelers

EVENT: Revised Quarantine Requirements for Incoming Travelers The Ethiopian Ministry of Health issued a new directive revising, but not eliminating, the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival in Ethiopia.  It primarily impacts travelers who have a home in Ethiopia. American citizens arriving at Bole International airport with proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 …

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ACS Emergency Services and U.S. State Department Rules on Face Coverings in its Facilities

The American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Embassy remains closed for routine business. If you require emergency assistance, you MUST e-mail  AddisACS@state.gov detailing the emergency, rather than visiting the Embassy without an appointment, in order to ensure that someone is available to help you. The renewal of a passport does not qualify as an emergency …

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Travel Alert: Further Reduction of Flights to the United States

Location:  Ethiopia Event: Ethiopian Airlines Further Reduces Flights to the United States/Turkish Airways Flights Remain Suspended Until at Least May 20 The U.S. Embassy continues to track severe reductions in the number of commercial flights departing from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa to the United States.  Given the current situation, we recommend for the …

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Current Status of Passport Application for Overseas Posts

Location:  Ethiopia Event:  Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  We have also limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.  For U.S. citizens in the …

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Alert: Commercial Flights Remain but are Limited

LOCATION: Ethiopia EVENT: International commercial flight options currently exist in Ethiopia. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. We understand that Ethiopian Airlines flight options are becoming more limited due to reduced demand.   …

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Q & A’s about Travel from Ethiopia to the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Location: Ethiopia Event: Q & A’s about Travel from Ethiopia to the United States during the COVID-19   Pandemic Q: How do I leave Ethiopia? A Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline still flying to the United States from Ethiopia, although the number and destination of flights have been reduced (ET has suspended its flights to …

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Alert: Regional State Governments and Dire Dawa Implementing COVID-19 Related Restrictions

Location:  Ethiopia Event:  Regional State Governments and Dire Dawa Implementing Restrictions on Transportation and/or Gatherings In addition to the restrictions implemented in Tigray Regional State on Saturday, March 28 (see March 27 MASCOT), the U.S. Embassy is tracking the implementation of restrictions by other regional state governments that may have an impact on American citizens seeking …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Keep Yourself Informed About COVID-19

LOCATION:  Ethiopia EVENT:  Keep Yourself Informed About COVID-19 The U.S. Embassy will continue to send messages daily as new information is released regarding COVID-19 that impacts travel and safety.  If you have not already done so, please register with the Embassy at  https://step.state.gov/step/ to receive messages and alerts for Ethiopia. On March 30, the Ethiopian Public Health …

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Alert: Decreased Flight Option for Return to the United States

LOCATION:  Ethiopia EVENT:  As you know, the Department of State issued a Global  Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19 on March 19.  The U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa continues to urge those American citizens who want to return to the United States to depart promptly.  If you prefer to remain in Ethiopia, you should be prepared to stay for an indefinite period …

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Alert: IMMEDIATE TRAVEL TO THE U.S. STILL AVAILABLE

LOCATION: Ethiopia EVENT: IMMEDIATE TRAVEL TO THE U.S. STILL AVAILABLE The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans with limited options for those seeking to return. The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Ethiopia as …

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Alert: Tigray Regional State Enacts Travel Ban and Other Measures in the Fight Against COVID-19, effective Saturday, March 28, 2020

LOCATION:  Ethiopia EVENT:  Tigray Regional State Enacts Travel Ban and Other Measures in the Fight Against COVID-19, effective Saturday, March 28, 2020. THIS INFORMATION APPLIES TO TIGRAY REGIONAL STATE IN ETHIOPIA. On Saturday, March 28, Tigray Regional State will implement a comprehensive travel ban as part of its effort to block the spread of Coronavirus …

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Alert: Existing Opportunities to Depart Ethiopia on Regularly-Scheduled Commercial Flights

LOCATION:  Ethiopia EVENT:  The Department of State issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19 on March 19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, particularly those of you seeking to return to the United States while flights are limited. The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from …

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Alert: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa Consular Section Closed for Non-Emergency Business

LOCATION:  Ethiopia EVENT:  In accordance with United States State Department worldwide regulations in place due to COVID-19 and in line with the Government of Ethiopia’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has temporarily closed. This includes all routine American Citizen Services, such as passport …

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Security Alert: Reports of Anti-Foreigner Sentiment

LOCATION:  Ethiopia EVENT:  The Embassy continues to receive reports regarding a rise in anti-foreigner sentiment revolving around the announcement of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. Typical derogatory comments directed at foreigners, the terms “China” and “Ferengi” (foreigner), have been reportedly coupled with the label “Corona,” indicating a disparaging view on the link between the outbreak of COVID-19 and …

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Health Alert — U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

LOCATION: Ethiopia EVENT: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. Ethiopian officials have announced a confirmed case of COVID-19. Individuals suspected of having COVID-19 may face travel delays, quarantine, and high medical costs …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 06/15/2022 *** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will …

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Health and Travel Alert: Novel Coronavirus Information

Location: East Asia and worldwide Event:  Coronavirus Outbreak in China There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.  Cases of the virus have been confirmed in many countries.  The United States announced its first infection with the coronavirus was detected in a traveler returning from …

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Security Alert: Heightened Middle East Tensions

There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists. Review your …

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Security Alert: Safeguard your Passport in Bole International Airport

Please be sure to safeguard your passport during travel, especially in Bole International Airport.  There have been recent reports of passports being stolen inside the international terminal.  These incidents include U.S. passports stolen from carry-on bags, including purses, after deplaning and before the traveler reaches passport control at immigration.  Please do not carry your passport …

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United States and Ministry of Health Inaugurate National Blood Bank

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sean Jones and State Minister of Health Saharla Abdulahi officially inaugurated the new $5 million National Blood Bank Services headquarters building during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new facility will provide the National Blood Bank Services with the capacity to receive a much-increased volume of …

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Statement on Prime Minister Abiy’s Nobel Peace Prize

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa congratulates His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his “…efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” We join all Ethiopians as they celebrate this proud moment …

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Demonstration Alert: Social Media Calls for Rally/Protest in Meskel Square Oct. 13

The U.S. Embassy is monitoring social media calls for a rally/protest at Meskel Square on Sunday October 13, 2019. Additional details and the timing of this event are not currently available. These types of events have the potential to attract many supporters from both Addis Ababa and the surrounding areas, and may cause vehicular and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Invitation to U.S. Citizen Town Hall October 23

Ambassador Michael Raynor cordially invites you to a Town Hall at the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 02:00 p.m. All adult U.S. citizens living in Ethiopia are invited to attend. You will receive updates on U.S. initiatives in Ethiopia, as well as information on consular services for U.S. citizens living here.  Complimentary light refreshments …

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Security Alert – Irreecha Celebrations in Addis Ababa

Location:  Addis Ababa Event: Irreecha (Oromo Thanksgiving) Celebrations, including the Irreecha Peace Run, September 22-October 6, 2019. The kick-off to the holiday festivities is the Irreecha Peace Run in Addis Ababa. Beginning at 0600 and concluding around noon on Sunday, September 22. The race is expected to draw 50,000 participants. The route runs from Meskel Square …

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23 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in at U.S. Embassy

Chargé d’Affaires David Renz administered the oath of service to 23 new Peace Corps Volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, today.  These Volunteers will be working on community-based engagement and teaching English in Ethiopian Public Schools within the Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, and SNNP regions. Chargé d’Affaires David said “You have come to Ethiopia …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Launch of the Advancing Economic Diversification in Ethiopia Project

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Launch of the Advancing Economic Diversification in Ethiopia Project Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa August 23, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   Your Excellencies, It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to be here this morning to highlight an important centerpiece in the partnership between Ethiopia and …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Successful Conclusion of Ethiopia Debates! Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa celebrated the successful conclusion of the first Ethiopia Debates! Competition on August 21, 2019 in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia Debates! is a nationwide program that creates an interactive platform for university students to engage in a series of debate competitions, during which they learn public speaking skills, constructive dialogue, and …

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The United States and Ethiopia Sign Agreement to Exchange Terrorist Screening Information

The United States and Ethiopia recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Exchange of Terrorist Screening Information. Signing for the United States was the Assistant Director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director of the United States Terrorist Screening Center, Charles H. Kable, and signing for Ethiopia was the Director General of the …

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Travel Alert: Ethiopia – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. Reconsider Travel To: Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) due to civil unrest. The East Hararge …

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Alert: Partial Restoration of Voice and Data Services

Location:  Ethiopia Event: Addis Ababa has normal voice and data services, although some social media sites remain blocked.  Voice, SMS, and DSL services are generally available throughout the country, but not cellular data services. Because of the telecommunications limitations and the Embassy’s travel restrictions, our ability to support U.S. citizens is limited, especially outside of Addis …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Partial Restoration of Internet Service

Location: Ethiopia Event: DSL internet connections have been restored in Addis Ababa, as of Friday, June 28, 2019. However, DSL internet outside of Addis Ababa is still turned off and cellular data and text messaging are disabled throughout the country.   The U.S. Embassy will continue to prohibit travel outside of Addis Ababa for Embassy …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on June 22 Attacks

The U.S. Embassy is shocked and deeply saddened by the June 22 fatal attacks on the President of the Amhara Regional Government, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen; Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, General Seare Mekonnen; Amhara Regional Government Office Advisor, Ezez Wassie; and retired Major General Gezai Abera. Their senseless deaths are a …

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Alert: Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar 

Location: Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar  Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of police and military activity in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar.  Expect road closures and checkpoints in and around both cities, which may delay or prevent movement in or out of either city by road.  Cellular data and internet are turned off. Bole …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Location: Addis Ababa Event: The Embassy is aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa. Chief of Mission personnel are advised to shelter in place. Actions to Take: Shelter in place Employ sound security practices. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events. Avoid large gatherings …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the U.S. National Day Celebration

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the U.S. National Day Celebration U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa May 7, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   At this time last year, I spoke about the incredible promise of the reform efforts under His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, and the unprecedented opportunity for Ethiopia to build a …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Winners of “I Stand for Peace” Video Competition

Ambassador Michael Raynor was joined by His Excellency, Mr. Kefyalew Tefera, State Minister for Capacity Building and Modernization Sector at the Ministry of Peace to announce the winners of the U.S. Embassy’s fourth annual video competition under the theme “I Stand for Peace”. At the event, the Ambassador said the theme was chosen in response …

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Readout from Advisor to the President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed at Menelik Palace in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Acting OPIC President and CEO Dave Bohigian met with His Excellency, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed at Menelik Palace, to reaffirm strong U.S. support for Ethiopia’s progress on reforms toward inclusive democracy, broad-based prosperity, and lasting stability. During the meeting, Ms. Trump welcomed the Prime Minister’s proactive approach to increasing the number …

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Readout of Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump’s Meeting with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and OPIC Acting President and CEO Dave Bohigian met with Her Excellency, President Sahle-Work Zewde, to reinforce the United States’ ongoing commitment to its strong partnership with Ethiopia.  During the meeting, Ms. Trump highlighted the President’s achievement in becoming the first female president of Ethiopia and …

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Readout of Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump’s Visit to Holy Trinity Church

This morning Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Acting OPIC President and CEO Dave Bohigian paid respects to the victims of Ethiopian Airlines 302 crash at the Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa. She met with religious leaders representing the diverse faiths of those who perished in the crash, laid …

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Readout of Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump’s Muya Site Visit in Ethiopia and Announcement of OPIC Financing for Muya

Upon arrival, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and OPIC Acting President and CEO David Bohigian met with Sara Abera, the owner of Muya Ethiopia, a leading textile and handicrafts company that got its start through the assistance of USAID. The delegation toured the Muya Ethiopia production facility, met with employees, learned more about …

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Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green Meet Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association Entrepreneurs

Today, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green met with businesswomen in the coffee industry at Dumerso Coffee in Addis Ababa to discuss the opportunities and challenges women entrepreneurs face in Ethiopia. During the meeting, Ms. Trump expressed United States’ support for improving the opportunities for women to start and grow …

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Security Alert: Addis Ababa

Location: Addis Ababa Event:  U.S. Government travelers may arrive or depart from Bole International Airport on Sunday, March 10.  This updates the Security Alert sent on March 8, 2019.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds Avoid demonstrations. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia …

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Security Alert – Demonstration in Meskel Square and the Oromia Region (8 March, 2019)

Location: Meskel Square in Addis Ababa and the Oromia Region Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of calls for a protest to be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Meskel Square.  It is unknown whether the protest has been or will be approved by Ethiopian authorities.  Protests have already occurred in many parts of …

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U.S. Hands Over $4 Million in New Medical Equipment and Medicines for Developing Regions

The United States handed over more than USD $4 million (approximately 115 million ETB) worth of new medical equipment and medicines to the Ministry of Health for use in hospitals and health centers in the regional states of Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, and Somali. The equipment was provided by the United States Agency for International Development …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Journalism Training for Editors

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Journalism Training for Editors Adama, Ethiopia February 8, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning. Thanks very much for this chance to be with you all this morning. I’d like to offer a very big thank you to OBN for providing the facilities and logistical support for …

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“I Stand for Peace” Video Challenge

Official Video Contest Rules “I Stand for Peace” Video Challenge Contest Sponsor [1] The “I Stand for Peace” Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. Description of Contest Objective The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2019 video challenge entitled “I Stand for Peace.”  We invite all current and aspiring filmmakers …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Addis Ababa   Event:  The African Union Summit is taking place February 7-11, 2019.  With the planned events and arrivals of Heads of State attending these events, please anticipate traffic congestion, road closures, and lane restrictions for VIP convoys.  Expect police checkpoints for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic on routes around or near the …

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Security Alert Wellega and Benishangul Gumuz

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Location:  Border between Benishangul Gumuz and the regions of East and West Wallega in Oromia. Event:  The Embassy is aware of unrest around the border between the Benishangul-Gumuz region and the East and West Wallega zones of Oromia.  There are ongoing military operations in this area …

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Ambassador Mike expresses his condolences on the passing of former President H.E. Girma Woldegiyorgis

On behalf of the People and Government of the United States, I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of former President H. E. Girma Woldegiyorgis. With wisdom and foresight, he forged ever-stronger international partnerships for Ethiopia, and deepened the ties of friendship and partnership between Ethiopia and the United States. His dedication to the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor on Progress toward HIV Epidemic Control in Ethiopia

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia on Progress towards HIV Epidemic Control in Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 10, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Afternoon! It’s great to be here with you today as we celebrate the successful completion of the landmark Ethiopia HIV Impact Assessment. The encouraging results show us …

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Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy Meets with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy and Ambassador Michael Raynor met with His Excellency, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu, to discuss opportunities for mutual cooperation regionally and internationally, as well as in support of Ethiopia’s ambitious program of economic and political reforms. Assistant Secretary Nagy welcomed Ethiopia’s ongoing rapprochement with Eritrea and Ethiopia’s …

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Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy meets with Minister of Peace Muferihat Kamil

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy and Ambassador Michael Raynor met with Her Excellency, Minister of Peace Muferihat Kamil, on November 29 to learn more about the goals and priorities of the newly formed Ministry of Peace. Assistant Secretary Nagy expressed strong support for Ethiopia’s reform agenda and for the Ministry of …

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Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy meets with Ethiopian Minister of Defense Aisha Mohammed

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy, Ambassador Michael Raynor, and General Thomas D. Waldhauser of U.S. Africa Command met with Her Excellency Minister of Defense Aisha Mohammed on November 28 to discuss opportunities for security cooperation between the United States and Ethiopia. During the meeting, the Assistant Secretary expressed optimism following …

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy arrives in Addis Ababa

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy arrived in Addis Ababa today, November 28, for a three-day visit that will include engagements focused on the United States’ relationship with Ethiopia and the sixth annual U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue. This is Nagy’s first visit to Ethiopia since his confirmation on July 23, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor Addresses at Jigjija University

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Addresses at Jigjija University Jigjiga, Ethiopia November 27, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   His Excellency Mustafa Mohamed Omer, Somali Regional State President Mr. Elias Oumar, Acting President and Academic Vice President, Jigjiga University Students and friends, Good morning, and thank you for joining me this morning. It’s good to …

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U.S. Completes Cultural Preservation Project at Bete Golgotha Mikael in Lalibela

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and State Minister of Culture and Tourism Bizunesh Meseret jointly inaugurated the completion of the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela today. Representatives of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Lalibela government administration, members of the National Scientific Committee, and invited guests attended this special event. This project was funded …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Ethiopia Hacks! During Global Entrepreneurship Week

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa launched the first in a series of 12 hackathons under its Ethiopia Hacks! program as part of its annual Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration. Ethiopia Hacks! is conducted in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG- Addis) and the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE). Each hackathon will challenge …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at 8th Bilateral Defense Conference between the US and Ethiopia

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the 8th Bilateral Defense Conference between the U.S. and Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 15, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning. Her Excellency Minister Aisha Mohammed, Minister of Defense; General Birhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff; Ms. Michelle Lenihan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African …

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The United States and Ethiopia Hold 8th Bilateral Defense Conference

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor was joined by Principal Director for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Michelle Lenihan at the 8th Bilateral Defense Conference between the United States and Ethiopia. In acknowledgement of Ethiopia’s commitment to lasting reforms, Ambassador Raynor stressed that the United States is viewed the meetings …

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Ambassador Michael Raynor Addresses Jimma University Students

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Addresses Jimma University Students Jimma University, Jimma November 1, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hi everyone, It’s great to see you all here; thanks very much for coming. My Embassy colleagues and I have a schedule full of great events during our trip to Jimma, including a visit to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the launch of Center for International Private Enterprise Regional Office

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the launch of CIPE Regional Office Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa October 25, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good evening! I’m honored to be here tonight to help celebrate an exciting new milestone in Ethiopia’s reform efforts, and yet another milestone in the United States’ support for those reforms. …

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Message for U.S Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting

Dear U.S. Citizens, Please save the date and mark your calendars! Ambassador Michael Raynor invites you to a Town Hall at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All adult U.S. citizens living in Ethiopia are invited to attend. You will receive updates on U.S. initiatives in Ethiopia, …

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Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location: Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) Event: The Ethiopia Public Health Emergency Management Directorate is investigating a probable yellow fever outbreak in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).  To date, there have been 32 suspected cases and 9 deaths reported in Offa Woreda in the Wolaita Zone. U.S. government personnel who …

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U.S Embassy Organizes 2nd Inclusive Fashion Show to Promote Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Embassy organized the second Inclusive Fashion Show to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities.  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael A. Raynor said, “Inclusivity is about giving every member of your community the chance to reach his or her fullest potential. Inclusivity also ensures that each of us is able to contribute fully to our …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at Solve It! National Competition

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at Solve IT! National Competition Mosaic Hotel, Addis Ababa September 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Her Excellency, Ms. Efra Ali, State Minister for Science and Technology. Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. Thank you very much for being here this afternoon, as we celebrate the fantastic results of an …

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Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18, 2018) Location:  Addis Ababa Event:  On September 19, the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services in anticipation of protests planned throughout Addis Ababa.  Embassy employees are instructed to stay at home.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should contact the after-hours emergency number …

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Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Addis Ababa Event:  The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor reports of protests, civil unrest, and violence throughout Addis Ababa, with police deployed in response.  These incidents may continue with little or no warning.  Expect an increased police presence and be prepared for road closures at various points throughout the city. U.S. government personnel are advised …

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Travel Alert – Addis Ababa

Location: Addis Ababa Event: The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor reports of protests, civil unrest, and violence throughout Addis Ababa, with police deployed in response.  These incidents may continue through the weekend with little or no warning.  Expect an increased police presence and be prepared for road closures, especially along the border between Addis Ababa …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Addis Ababa  Event: The U.S. Embassy is monitoring reports of protest and unrest throughout Addis Ababa, with police deployed in response.  These incidents may continue through the weekend with little or no warning.  Expect an increased police presence and be prepared for road closures. U.S. Government personnel are advised to avoid non-essential road movements in …

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Alert: There are reports of protests, roadblocks, and unrest in Gulele Sub-city

Location: Gulele Sub-city (near CDC office), Edna Mall, Merkato areas–Addis Ababa Event: There are reports of protests, roadblocks, and unrest in Gulele Sub-city (near the CDC branch office), Edna Mall, and the Merkato areas of Addis Ababa. Federal police are responding. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid these areas. Actions to Take: · Monitor …

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2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings young African leaders to the United States for academic and leadership training and will create unique opportunities to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions in Africa. …

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Travel Alert: Gedeo and West Guji

Location: Gedeo and West Guji in Ethiopia Event: There are reports of incidents of violence in the areas of Gedeo and West Guji.  Those who find themselves in these regions should be particularly aware of their surroundings, avoid large gatherings, and shelter in place as necessary.  U.S. Embassy personnel are avoiding travel to the area until …

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Travel Alert Jijiga

Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia and the general Somali Region Event: While media are reporting that the situation on the ground appears to be improving, there are still reports of sporadic incidents of violence in Jijiga, Dire Dawa and other areas in the Somali region. The airport in Jijiga reportedly remains closed to regularly scheduled commercial flights. …

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Alert: Civil Unrest in the Somali Region

Location: Somali Region, Ethiopia Event: Media continue to report sporadic on-going unrest in various parts of Ethiopia’s Somali region. While the unrest appears to be centered around Jijiga, there are reports of incidents of violence in Dire Dawa and other areas of the Somali region. US Embassy personnel are avoiding the region until the situation …

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Alert: Civil Unrest in Jijiga

Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia Event: Ethiopia’s National Defense Force has seized control of key highways, government buildings, and the airport in Jijiga, capital of Ethiopia’s Somali region, media report. According to media reports, churches, businesses, houses, and cars throughout the area have come under attack, as have Amhara and Oromo minority groups. No U.S. Embassy personnel …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Event: The Embassy is aware of protests, road closures, and ongoing police activity in and around Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid this area. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for breaking events. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings. Keep …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed

The Vice President met today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ longstanding partnership with the people of Ethiopia and applauded the historic reform efforts by Prime Minister Abiy, including improving respect for human rights, reforming the business environment, and making peace with Eritrea. The Vice President encouraged …

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Security Alert – Gondar

Location: Gondar Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of protests, violence, and civil unrest in and around the city of Gondar. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid travel to Gondar. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Gondar. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Gondar, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Location: Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters and National Stadium in Addis Ababa Event: Protests are occurring at the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters and National Stadium in Addis Ababa. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid these areas. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of protests. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your …

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Security Alert – Bale Goba

Location: Bale Goba Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violence and civil unrest in and around the city of Bale Goba in the Oromia regional state. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Bale Goba. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Bale Goba, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. …

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U.S. Announces $170 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Displaced People in Ethiopia

Today the United States announced an additional $170 million in humanitarian assistance to support the people of Ethiopia, many of whom have been pushed from their homes by escalating conflict or natural disaster and who are facing severe food insecurity as a result. With this new funding, the United States is providing emergency food and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at “Our Ethiopia” Video Challenge Awards Ceremony

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at “Our Ethiopia” Video Challenge Awards Ceremony Ethiopian National Theatre, Addis Ababa July 23, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hello, and thank you very much for joining us this evening. And particular thanks to Her Excellency Fozia Amin, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, for being an important part …

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Security Alert – Debre Markos

Location: Debre Markos Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violence and civil unrest in and around the city of Debre Markos. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Debre Markos. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Debre Markos, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Notify friends and family of …

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Security Alert from Addis Ababa

Location: Asosa Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violence and civil unrest in the city of Asosa. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Asosa. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Asosa, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Notify friends and family of your safety. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Addis …

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Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan Meets Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu

Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu in Addis Ababa today, discussing a full spectrum of issues related to the Ethiopian economy and the bilateral commercial relationship. The Under Secretary expressed support for Prime Minister Abiy’s economic reform agenda. He also conveyed his optimism regarding the potential for …

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Under Secretary for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan Arrives in Ethiopia for Fact-Finding Mission

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan today launched a fact-finding mission with members of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under Secretary Kaplan is joined by representatives from 14 PAC-DBIA member firms and officials from 11 U.S. government agencies on this first stop of …

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Security Alert Explosion in Meskel Square

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Event: The Embassy is closely following reports of a confirmed explosion at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid this area.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for breaking events. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile. …

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Security Alert Demonstration in Meskel Square

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Event: A demonstration to show solidarity with Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa.  The rally is expected to be peaceful, but demonstrations or rallies that begin peacefully can sometimes change tenor. This event is expected …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Inauguration of Amhara Public Health Institiute

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Inauguration of Amhara Public Health Institute Bahir Dar June 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Your Excellency Gedu Andargachew, President of the Amhara Regional State; Mrs. Saharla Abdulahi, State Minister of Health; Dr. Abebaw Gebeyehu, Head of the Amhara Regional Health Bureau; Dr. Ebba Abate, Director General of the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Discussion on Responsible Business Practices

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Discussion on Responsible Business Practices Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa June 21, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for being a part of this very important discussion. There has been a lot of talk of change in Ethiopia recently. And I have to …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Progress Toward Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

The United States is encouraged by the progress that Ethiopia and Eritrea have made to resolve longstanding disputes and normalize relations.  Over the past 20 years, the frozen conflict between these states has hindered stability and economic growth in the vital Red Sea region.  A durable peace will yield greater prosperity and security not only …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Muslim Heritage in Ethiopia

U.S. Ambassador to the Ethiopia, Michael Raynor visited the Nejashi Mosque this week to learn more about the history of Muslims in Ethiopia and followed his trip by hosting an Iftar dinner for Islamic leaders, business professionals, NGO leaders, media representatives, and academics from the Addis Ababa Muslim community. At the Nejashi Mosque, the Ambassador …

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U.S. Government Delivers C-130 Aircraft to Ethiopia

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor participated in a ceremony to deliver a C-130 aircraft on behalf of the United States Government to Ethiopian Air Force Head, General Adem Mohammed. The C-130 will further enhance Ethiopia’s capacity to play a vital role in regional peacekeeping missions, enabling Ethiopia to move humanitarian supplies where they are needed in a …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location: Countrywide Event: The Government of Ethiopia has lifted the State of Emergency that was imposed on February 16, 2018.  Visitors should remain vigilant when traveling in Ethiopia due to the potential for unexpected incidents of civil unrest and communications disruptions. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your …

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U.S. Embassy Honors the Legacy of Colonel John C. Robinson

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa held a wreath-laying ceremony to honor Colonel John C. Robinson in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Ethiopian aviation and strengthening relations between the United States and Ethiopia. Following a ceremony at Gulele Cemetery, led by His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphael Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ambassador Raynor delivered remarks …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (June 1, 2018)

Location:  All points of entry country-wide Event:  Following a reported outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in a remote northwestern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopian authorities are routinely screening all international travelers at all 34 points of entry into Ethiopia, including Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa by thermal scanning and …

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U.S. Embassy Warns of Scams – There Are No Fees to Enter the Embassy or American Spaces

The U.S. Embassy has been alerted to reports of scams, where unsuspecting residents are offered access to the Embassy compound for visa interviews, or to visit American Spaces.  The Embassy wishes to reiterate that no such fees are required. The Embassy’s American Spaces Program offers free public access to facilities that include state of the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the U.S. National Day Celebration

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the U.S. National Day Celebration U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa May 10, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)                      Ambassador Birtukan, ladies and gentlemen, good evening and thank you very much for joining us As Ambassador Mary Beth mentioned, this year …

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Remarks by USAID Mission Director, Leslie Reed at the Inauguration of Lemi Health Center

Leslie Reed  USAID Mission Director at the Inauguration of Lemi Health Center Lemi, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia May 3, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Regional Health Bureau and Woreda Representatives Distinguished guests Indemin aderachu Ask any mother how far she would go to get care for her sick child and you’ll most likely hear …

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Release of the 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia

The 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia reflects serious challenges to the Ethiopian people’s ability to exercise their basic rights last year. We believe there is reason for optimism that the 2018 Human Rights Report will tell a different story, one of progress. Notwithstanding the ongoing state of emergency, about which we have already expressed …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Confirmation of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed

  We welcome the Ethiopian Parliament’s confirmation of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as the next Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and look forward to working with Dr. Abiy and the Ethiopian government on our shared interests. We commend the peaceful transfer of power in accordance with Ethiopia’s constitution, which then Prime Minister Hailemariam highlighted when announcing his resignation …

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Training Opportunity for Practicing Journalists

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa in partnership with the Ethiopia Media Women Association (EMWA) are pleased to announce the launch of a project entitled “Supporting Opportunities for Professional Journalism” will provide training for local journalists on how to effectively report on key development-related topics such as health, development, and humanitarian assistance. The program aspires …

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Passport Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 …

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Press Availability With Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 8, 2018 MODERATOR: Would you join me to welcome the two foreign ministers. May we rise, please? I thank you very much. Ameseginalehu. Your Excellency Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, foreign minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Your Excellency Rex Wayne Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu in Addis Ababa today, addressing a wide range of shared interests in security, economic growth, and governance. The Secretary underscored U.S. appreciation for Ethiopia’s role in improving regional security as a both caretaker of refugees and of contributor …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa today, his first stop on his first visit to Africa as U.S. Secretary of State. The Secretary emphasized long-standing U.S. commitment to and partnership with the Ethiopian people. The Secretary thanked the Prime Minister for …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Event:  Reports of civil unrest.  Road closures in affected areas could disrupt transportation links to and from Addis Ababa and the availability of goods and services within the capital.  The U.S. Embassy continues to restrict travel for Embassy personnel to areas outside of Addis Ababa. Location:  Country-wide, to include areas immediately surrounding Addis Ababa Actions …

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English Access Microscholarship Program Launched at Bahir Dar University

The English Access Microscholarship Program in Bahir Dar was launched at Bahir Dar University today.  “Through the Access program, Ethiopian youths will acquire English language and life skills that will create new opportunities and pave the way to a successful future,” said Counselor for Public Affairs David Kennedy.  He added, “These students are part of …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Declared State of Emergency

We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression. We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less. The challenges …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 16, 2018)

Travel Advisory Update Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, and landmines. Reconsider travel to: The East Hararge region of Oromia state due to civil unrest. The …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 16, 2018)

Location:  Addis Ababa Event:  As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy is temporarily suspending all travel outside of Addis Ababa for Embassy personnel.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and follow the instructions of local authorities. Employ sound security practices. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Nationwide Event:  Following this afternoon’s resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Embassy Addis Ababa is closely monitoring Ethiopia’s reaction.  While we are not currently aware of any impact on the security environment, this significant political development may lead to unpredictable security issues. At this time, all travel for embassy personnel outside of Addis Ababa …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 14, 2018)

Location:  Oromia Region Event:  The “stay at home” strike has largely ended; however, the impact of the strike continues to affects many parts of Oromia region.  Public transportation in Oromia has not fully resumed normal operations; expect delays and limited service.  There are reports of protests in the cities of Jimma and Awaday.  There are …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 12, 2018)

Location:  Oromia and Amhara Regions Event:  A “stay at home” strike is underway throughout the Oromia and Amhara regions and is expected to last through February 15.  There have been reports of protestors in both regions engaging public transport buses with rocks and rioting.  There are also reports of road blocks along the border between …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the Alumni Global Health Workshop

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Alumni Global Health Workshop Capital Hotel, Ethiopia February 7, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening, and welcome to Ethiopia! Thank you for making time in your very busy lives to participate in our first “Alumni Global Health Workshop,” here in Addis Ababa. And please accept my …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the commencement of a preservation project of Bet Golgotha Micheal churches

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the commencement of a preservation project of Bet Golgotha Micheal churches Lalibela, Ethiopia February 3, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good morning! Your Excellency Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Abba Yared Misganaw, Head of the Administration of the Lalibela Churches, Members of the …

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U.S.-funded Preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela Launched

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, jointly launched a new project for the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela, on Saturday, February 3, 2018. The preservation work is funded with a grant from the U.S. Embassy through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  The project …

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U.S. Embassy Announces “Solve IT!” – A Nationwide Innovation Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is sponsoring a nationwide innovation competition, “Solve IT!” for Ethiopian youth.  “Solve IT!” promotes STEAM, entrepreneurship and encourages a new generation of young Ethiopians to solve problems in their communities using technology, software and hardware. The competition is implemented by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with partners iCog Labs …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the launch of a book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the launch of a book “Ethiopia: the living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom” U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa January 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good Evening, and welcome! Your Excellency the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Your Holiness Abune Matthias, Patriarch of Ethiopia, …

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U.S. Embassy Highlights Support for Cultural Preservation at Book Launch – “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”

The Ambassador of the United States of America Michael A. Rayner hosted a reception for the launch of the book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom.” Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Hirut Woldemariam and His Holiness Abune Matthias attended the launch along with Ambassadors, artists, photographers, scholars and journalists. The book has 544 pages …

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Promoting Tolerance through Video Contest- “Our Ethiopia”

The U.S. Embassy is excited to announce this year’s video competition under the theme “Our Ethiopia.”  The video challenge is part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing efforts to highlight the importance of tolerance and diversity through open and constructive communication. In a globalized world, tolerance is important for creating a society in which people feel …

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U.S. Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Decision to Release Detainees

We are encouraged by the Ethiopian Government’s decision to drop charges and pardon detainees, including political leaders, as a tangible step toward its stated goal of widening political space for all Ethiopians.  We are aware that reviews of additional cases are underway, and hope they will be conducted in the same spirit.  We understand these …

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Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (January 11, 2018) Location:  Danakil Depression Event:  Due to the evolving security situation, Embassy personnel are restricted from travel to the Danakil Depression. Actions to Take: Reconsider travel to the Danakil Depression. Employ sound security practices. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events. Avoid large …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the 15th YALI Connect Camp Closing Ceremony

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the 15th YALI Connect Camp Closing Ceremony  Satchmo Center, Ethiopia December 15, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good morning and a warm welcome to Ethiopia for our guests! As YALI Connect Camp participants, I know that you have spent the last week here Addis Ababa getting …

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U.S. Embassy Statement Following Deaths at Chelenko and Universities

We are troubled and saddened by reports of violence that has resulted in deaths and injuries in the town of Chelenko and at several universities over the past two days. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. It is important that the Ethiopian government ensure the safety of all Ethiopian …

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Press round table with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto

Official Transcript Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto Press Roundtable – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa December 8, 2017 A/S Yamamoto: It’s great to be back in Ethiopia, and of course especially with the press. One of the things that we’ve always emphasized was on training and capacity building in the press …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the African Mosaique Fashion Incubator Awards

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the African Mosaique Fashion Incubator Awards African Mosaique, Legetafu November 30, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening!  What a wonderful night! Thank you, Anna and African Mosaique, for letting me be a part of this fantastic event. And congratulations on the inauguration of this impressive …

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Reaffirming U.S. Leadership and Commitment to Partnership in the Fight Against HIV AIDS

Open letter by U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Michael Raynor Each year, we mark World AIDS Day on December 1 as a time to remember those who have lost their lives to this disease, and also to reaffirm our commitment to caring for those living with HIV, to working to prevent its spread, and ultimately …

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Readout of a Meeting between Ambassador Haley and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ambassador Haley thanked Prime Minister Hailemariam for his country’s leadership in continuing to host desperate people fleeing conflict in the region and for Ethiopia’s decades-long generosity hosting refugees from nearby countries. Ambassador Haley …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at TRANSFORM Launch

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at TRANSFORM Launch  Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa October 16, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Yifru Berhan Deputy Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency, Ms. Ji-eun Seong Distinguished Heads and Deputies of the Regional Health Bureaus Distinguished representatives from the Federal …

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U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visit Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, October 13, 2017; U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visited Ethiopia on October 12 and 13 to discuss U.S.-Ethiopian relations.  The Senators met with Prime Minister Hailemariam. During the meeting the Senators highlighted the value the United States places on its bilateral relations with Ethiopia and the strong ties between our people.  They reiterated the United States’ commitment …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in Supporting Youth

Remarks by  Michael Raynor U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in supporting Youth  Bahir Dar American Corner, Bahir Dar October 11, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon everyone. I’m so excited to be here with you in Bahir Dar, on my first visit outside of Addis Ababa. I’d like to …

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Remarks by Troy Fitrell at Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy At Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony  U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 15, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Selam nau and indemen aderachu!  Aqam Aqam! Kemey Wu’elkum!  Good afternoon! My duties as Charge d’Affaires require me to perform many functions, but this is my first opportunity …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony American Center, Ethiopia September 14, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, In any society, everyone needs to have a role in contributing to success.  As communities, we need to make an effort to enable all …

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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Joined Up Justice Forum

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Joined Up Justice Forum May 20, 2017 Tenestaleygn, endemn aderachu,  attam (or akkam) bultanni. Your Excellency President of the Federal Supreme Court Dagne Melaku, Your Excellency Attorney General Getachew Ambaye, Pastor Daniel, Distinguished officials and members of the Joined Up Justice Forum Ladies …

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USAID-DuPont Partnership helps hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian farmers transform production and livelihoods

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia –The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont announced that the  Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), a public-private partnership between USAID, DuPont and the Government of Ethiopia, exceeded its goal by 150 percent to boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and increase food production for Ethiopian communities. As part of America’s Feed the Future initiative, the …

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Ending Malaria for Good is a Sound Investment

OP-ED by Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’affaires Global progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has been truly historic and the U.S. Government has played a key role in this progress. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 6.8 million malaria deaths were averted worldwide between 2001 and 2015, primarily among children under five …

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The United States Urges Students Interested in Study Abroad to Beware of Fraud

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 17, 2017 – This is the time of year when U.S. colleges and universities send out acceptance letters to students for the coming academic year.  While this is an exciting time for anyone seeking to study in the United States, it is also a time to be wary of scams and …

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USAID and World Food Programme Improved the Nutritional Status of People Living With HIV/AIDS

Addis Ababa, March 29, 2017 –  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the successful completion of the U.S.-funded Urban HIV Nutrition and Food Security Project. Over the past five years, the project improved the nutritional, economic, and food security status of people living with HIV. …

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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the inauguration ceremony of the National Public Health Training Center at Ethiopian Public Health Institue

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the inauguration ceremony of the National Public Health Training Center at Ethiopian Public Health Institute March 28, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) I am honored and delighted to be here with you all today to inaugurate this newly constructed National Public Health training center. This …

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U.S. Army Africa participates in Justified Accord 2017

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The U.S. Military, in partnership with AMISOM troop and police contributing countries, Allies, the African Union, and other international organizations are scheduled to conduct table top exercise Justified Accord 2017 (JA17), formerly known as Eastern accord, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 20-24. JA17 is an AFRICOM-directed and U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)-led …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Visa Issuance on Ethiopia

We would like to clarify the most recent developments regarding U.S. visa issuance in Ethiopia.   Rumors that limitations have been placed on the issuance of visas in Ethiopia are false and we continue to process visa applications as usual.  Applicants whose visa expired less than 12 months ago are eligible to reapply through the interview …

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Transcript of Dina Esposito’s Interview with VOA

VOA:  Thank you very much for your time, Dina Esposito, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the USAID.  Thank you very much. Let us begin with the purpose of your visit to Ethiopia.  Tell me why you are here and what you have been doing so far. …

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