About 40 Ambassadors and Diplomats visit Mekelle

Over 40 Ambassadors and Diplomats visit heavily-bombarded Mekelle | Courtesy

Press Release | Foreign Affairs Ministry Press

State Minister H.E. Ambassador Redwan Hussien and 40 resident Ambassadors and diplomats in Addis Ababa have paid a visit to Mekelle city today (March 10).

Upon arrival at Alula Aba Nega Airport, they were warmly welcomed by H.E. Dr. Mulu Nega, Chief Executive of the Interim Administration of Tigray.

Dr. Mulu Nega, and colleagues briefed the Ambassadors about current situations in Tigray, particularly on the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts as well as security issues in the region.

In this regard, challenges and results achieved in rebuilding damaged infrastructures, reopening public service institutions, rehabilitating IDPs, and delivering humanitarian supports were discussed in detail.

Aid agencies and the international community are requested to provide all the necessary humanitarian support using the unfettered access granted to them by the federal government.

Former US Ambassador to S. Sudan T. Hushek wins prestigious award

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Thomas Hushek wins the 2020 Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy |Photo US Embassy, Juba

Dec 3, 2020 (Thessherald)–Former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Thomas Hushek has won the 2020 Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy.

In a brief statement, the United States Embassy in the Republic of South Sudan congratulated Thomas Hushek on his well-deserved recognition.

“Congratulations to Former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Thomas Hushek for winning the 2020 Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy.”

“This is an extraordinary award from the Department of State to employees who excel in the most challenging leadership positions overseas,” the Embassy says in a statement.

Who’s Thomas Hushek, former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan?

Mr. Hushek is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service . He has been working for the State Department since 1988. He has served at multiple capacities including being the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna , Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and has worked in U.S. embassies in Micronesia, Russia and Tajikistan.

United States Ambassador to South Sudan

On August 3, 2017, Hushek was nominated as the United States Ambassador to South Sudan. On April 26, 2018, the Senate confirmed his nomination by voice vote.

S. Sudan, Ethiopia at diplomatic loggerheads, officials kicked out

Nov 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia are locked in a diplomatic row over the recent visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the Republic of South Sudan.

Speaking to Thessherald this morning in the capital, Addis Ababa, a South Sudanese diplomat made it clear that they had been given 72 hours to leave the country or risk being expelled from the embassy.

“Without following due process, the Prime Minister’s Office through the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given us an ultimatum, informing us to leave the country within 72 hours or face immediate expulsion,“ said a South Sudanese official in an interview with Thessherald.

On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi paid a one-day visit to South Sudan. According to the Office of the President, the “two leaders agreed on the need to enhance mutual cooperation in areas of education, healthcare, media, energy, trade and investment, and infrastructural connectivity especially with respect to road and rail links.”

“On regional matters, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi commended South Sudan mediation of Sudanese conflict. President Sisi also explained Egypt’s position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD),” the Office of the President said in a statement.

On his part, President Salva Kiir Mayardit underlined South Sudan’s position on the importance of dialogue in dealing with issues affecting regional stability.

For years, Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia have been unable to agree and resolve the GERD dispute despite numerous international attempts for a win-win solution in the region.

Newsflash: Egyptian President AL-Sisi to visit South Sudan tomorrow

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah AL-Sisi during a joint press conference in Egypt |Photo: Egypt State Information Service

Nov 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al- Sisi, and his accompanying delegation, are expected to visit the Republic of South Sudan for the first time tomorrow, Saturday, the Office of the President announced on Friday.

“The Office of the President is delighted to announce that, His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al- Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and his accompanying delegation is paying a visit to South Sudan on Saturday, November 28, 2020,” the Office of the President officially announced this afternoon.

According to the Presidency, the visiting Egyptian leader will be formally welcomed by his South Sudanese counterpart, President Salva Kiir Mayardit at Juba International Airport.

“H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit will welcome his Egyptian Counterpart, President Abdel Fattah Al- Sisi upon arrival ar Juba International Airport. The two leaders are expected to hold bilateral talks which will include State Lunch.”

The President’s office confirmed that the two leaders are scheduled to discuss a wide range of regional issues and to cement bilateral relations between the two countries.

“They will discuss bilateral issues and exchange views on regional stability as well as deepening South Sudan’s and Egypt diplomatic ties.”

The Office of the President extended an invitation to media houses to cover the arrival of the Egyptian head of State.

“Therefore, The Office of the President invites the general public to come to Juba International Airport beginning from 8:00 am for the reception ceremony of the historic visit of His Excellency Abdel Fattah AI- Sisi. We would also like to reiterate that only the invited media houses are allowed to cover this event.”

This is a developing story, check back in a few minutes for more updates on the visit of the Egyptian President.

Ethiopia issues chilling warning to S. Sudan over its close ties with Egypt

African map features Ethiopia.

Sept 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Ethiopian government has issued a chilling warning to South Sudan about its close diplomatic ties with the Egyptian government, an Ethiopian diplomat wrote on social media on Tuesday.

“South Sudan is playing with fire,” the Ethiopian official said in a brief statement in response to a post on social media.

Since June, South Sudan and Ethiopia have been locked in a diplomatic row over alleged reports that the Egyptian government asked South Sudan to allocate a plot of land for the Egyptian Armed Forces in Pagak, a claim that the South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuted.

In 2014, the Government of South Sudan and the Egyptian government signed bilateral military cooperation in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

In 2019, the two countries reached a memorandum of understanding agreement on oil and gas – at the 2019 South Sudan Oil and Energy Conference.

In August this year, the Egyptian government opened a new medical facility in Juba – and was inaugurated by Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed and Head of General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel.

In recent months, there has been intense tension between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after Ethiopia announced that it had begun filling the GERD’s reservoir, without a legally binding agreement over the equitable allocation of the Nile’s waters.