Ethiopia’s exclusion from the “Red Sea Forum” group raised a question

Mekelle፡1st February 2023(Tigray Herald)

Ethiopia’s exclusion from the group of eight countries called the “Red Sea Forum”;  A question was raised by members of the House of Representatives.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ato Demeke Mekonen’s response to the question;  He announced that the organizations and forums created in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea area have been initiated by the office he leads so that “Ethiopia is considered”.

The “Red Sea Forum” group, which was founded three years ago at the initiative of Saudi Arabia, spoke to him;  Today, Wednesday, January 24;  2015 in a standing committee meeting held by the House of Representatives. 

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs convened today’s meeting;  It was to review the six-month performance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the same meeting, the Chairman of the Standing Committee, Dr. Dima Negwo;  They asked for an explanation regarding Ethiopia’s efforts to be included in the “Red Sea Forum”.  “Ethiopia is interested in Red Sea politics.  We are interested because we are closer.  There are four IGAD member states in the forum.  Have we not been able to get the support of these countries so that Ethiopia can have a position of observation?”  They asked a question.

The “Red Sea Forum” includes four member countries of the East African Inter-Governmental Organization (IGAD);  They are Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia.  Egypt, which has been arguing with Ethiopia over the use of Nile water and the Great Renaissance Dam, is also a member of this forum.  The remaining member countries of the forum are Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

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