02 March 2023 – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. @DemekeHasen, has partıcıpated in the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group in response to COVID19, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

He reiterated the commendable strides taken to respond to post-pandemic challenges that the Non-Aligned Movement has taken since the outbreak of the pandemic, stressing that Member States must build upon these efforts & follow-up with concerted post-COVID19 recovery measures.

In this regard, Mr. Demeke specifically mentioned the UN Human Rights Council and UN General assembly resolutions on “universal, equitable, and affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines,” initiated under the Azerbaijani Chairmanship.

The DPM & FM also spoke in detail about the successful conclusion of the Pretoria Peace Deal. In line with the Principles of the Non-Aligned Movement, he said, “the Agreement demonstrated Ethiopia’s capacity to resolve its internal challenges devoid of external interference.”

He finally expressed Ethiopia’s support for newly emerging initiatives that aim to revitalize the NAM. “We must closely assess & adopt proposals that will allow us to work for our collective interest,” he said.


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