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Ethiopia prime minister accuses Egyptian institutions of funding opposition groups

This was not the first time that Ethiopia had made such claims, as Egypt's Foreign Affairs Ministry had previously denied Egypt's interference in the internal affairs of other countries

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that there are Egyptian institutions harbouring, supporting, and funding terrorist groups in Ethiopia, during his interview on Al- Muqabla show aired on Al-Jazeera on Thursday.

The minister’s comments came in response to a question regarding his country’s claims that Egypt and Eritrea are supporting opposition groups in Ethiopia.

Desalegn explained that they repeatedly addressed the Egyptian authorities regarding those institutions, and called on them to take suitable procedures against them and investigate them, adding that Egyptian authorities have denied their relation with these institutions.

Among these groups is the Oromo Liberation Front, he noted.

The minister explained that they need not refer to intelligence findings to obtain information regarding these institutions, since the information is already available on the internet and on Egyptian media outlets.

The prime minister said that the support of these institutions will impact relations between both countries, as it targets Ethiopia’s stability.

When the TV anchor asked the minister about Egypt’s response, he said that Egyptian authorities said that they are working on the issue, and that they have asked for information regarding these institutions. He added that Ethiopia had sent them everything that is available on the internet.

He concluded that Ethiopia is awaiting Egypt’s response regarding this issue.

Although the anchor pushed the narrative of an Egyptian intervention due to building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the prime minister denied such claims saying that is not the cause, as the dam will be built without any influence from Egypt or Sudan.

This was not the first time that Ethiopia stated such claims against Egypt. In early October, a video showed members from the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front sharing a stage with what Ethiopian media described as Egyptians.

The Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry commented on the video saying that Egypt does not intervene in the internal affairs of other countries.

Ethiopian refugees in Egypt, including people from the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups, usually arrange rallies in front of the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Cairo to protest against the Ethiopian government’s violations against opposition groups in their homeland.

The Oromo and Amhara represent the largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia. A significant proportion of these communities have fled Ethiopia due to the persecution and violent treatment by the state. Opposing members of these groups are frequently protesting in Ethiopia causing them to face prison and death.

The Oromo people have an estimated population of 40 million, including 20,000 political prisoners who are accused of belonging to the Oromo Liberation Front, an outlawed group labelled as a terrorist organisation.

In late July, two Ethiopian asylum seekers allegedly set themselves on fire in front of the UNHCR as part of a protest led by the Oromo community that sought to demand the right to seek asylum with the UN office.


Topics: ethiopia Oromo

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  • Right Wing

    Hailemariam Desalegn is the most confused prime minister in the world. he is simply talking by the influence of unidentified body sitting in Addis Ababa.

    • Haimanot G

      I see you are to put others down in an attempt to gain attention, how jealous you are of what they have.

    • Hana

      Hailemariam shouldnt be in power in first place. Because if his stupidness is the reason thousands ppl dying in ethiopia. And all he does is plame point finger on others. Anything wrong that happened or happening is because of him PERIOD. Simple as that

  • Haimanot G

    This is not not mystery. Egypt is the number one enemy of Ethiopian. They must stop destabilizing Ethiopia and funding swindled diaspora who traitor their own country. This people didn’t understand the political differences and the common country interest.

    There is no law that can prohibit Ethiopia form using its own natural resource. I think Ethiopia should have reconsidered the Eritrea policy and Assab port. Ethiopia has the right to use Port for 100 million people. Ethiopia shouldn’t have ignored the Arab military movement around Assab.

    • Al-CIA-da

      Idiot Agame. So you want to go to war with Eritrea, Egypt, and also go to war with the opposition in Ethiopia and also Somalia? You want to take every land that is not yours? Bully. You are not Ethiopian , you are tigray. Make plans how to water your plant in dry tigray and get independence soon.

      • Trolling Savage

        We will free the ethiopian oromos soon they are ethically related to us egyptians

    • Right Wing

      Who do you think is going to fight for these blinded words? My brothers? No not going to happen. We have lost 70 thousand strong Ethiopian men at Badime war because of TPLF’s bad conflict management. Now we successfully separated you Tigrayans from popular support. From now on, we are going to work on the armies telling them the truth that TPLF wants to keep small group’s advantage than keeping the advantages of Ethiopians as a whole. You Tigres then discover that you are foolish diving in an endless universe. Believe me!

  • Myself

    Whether you like it or nor, we will never let the Egyptians and their oil-drunk Arab allies bully few economic migrants to use them as mercenaries for stabilizing Ethiopia. Egyptians who are being led by a naïve militia-who seized power through coup-has no moral to talk about democracy and pretend to be hosting migrants. Simply cry for subsidized alms.

  • MANA

    Why do not we support Muslim brother hood then ? if they insist on supporting thugs and illiterate hooligans

  • MANA

    Egypt is falling apart like a broken clay .Just a small push , it will hit the ground fast.
    especially , if they continue supporting terrorists, they are in a glass room that we are .

  • MANA

    As to Eretria , it is more of a small village than a country .
    small Ethiopian countryside towns have more GDP than the barren land ruled by life time dictator ISSA- Y-ASS. Their people are flocking to Ethiopia escaping land mines and snipers laid by Eretria army .NOW THEY ARE SELLING TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER LIKE A PROSTITUTE .

  • DemoNOcracy

    This ”prime minister” is fool of shit. He knows nothing. Oromo struggle receives no help from anyone. Sooner or later, weather in democracy or force, we will kick the Tigrean dominated government from Addis Ababa.

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