ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ላለው ችግር መልሱ “የበለጠ ነፃነት እንጂ መገደብ አይደለም” ሲሉ የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትር ሬክስ ቲለርሰን አስታውቀዋል።
ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የተጣለውን የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ አስመልክቶ ሃገራቸው ስትገልፅ የቆየችውን አቋም ያጠናከሩት ቲለርሰን መሰብሰብንና ሃሣብን የመግለፅ ነፃነትን የመሳሰሉትን መብቶች እንደሚገድብ አመልክተው አዋጁ በተቻለ ፍጥነት እንዲነሣ ጠይቀዋል።
ኢትዮጵያዊያን ዜጎችም ሃሣባቸውን በሰላማዊ መንገድ ብቻ የመግለፅ ኃላፊነት እንዳለባቸው ቲለርሰን አሳስበዋል።
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Ethiopia needs ‘greater freedom’
During a visit to Ethiopia, Rex Tillerson has said the answer to violence in the East African country was greater freedom, and that the country should lift its state of emergency as quickly as possible.
Speaking at a news conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, Tillerson said that the US recognized concerns over incidents of violence but “we do firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom.”
“While we appreciate the government’s responsibility to maintain control … it is important that country moves on past the state of emergency as quickly as possible,” he said.
Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in February to restore “law and order” after the prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, resigned suddenly. Although Ethiopia had looked like it was slowly opening up to allow more freedom for people who hold different opinions to the government, the resignation and emergency decree have triggered further political uncertainty and fueled strikes and shutdowns.
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 Ethiopia’s continued leadership on regional humanitarian and security issues, noting specifically Ethiopia’s role as a host of refugees and one of the most significant contributors to peacekeeping operations, and the role Ethiopia can play in the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to improve regional relations.
The Secretary encouraged completing the democratic reforms to broaden political participation, particularly in light of the ongoing government transition.
The Secretary also stressed the role of the private sector and the desire to see increasing numbers of U.S. firms invest in and export to Ethiopia, who bring with them a focus on transparency and training.
The Secretary commended the Prime Minister for his commitment to Ethiopia’s future, demonstrated by his decision to step down, to facilitate a peaceful transition, and to make way for further reforms.