Canada’s Foreign Policy outfit has disclosed that a top official who recently held talks with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, discussed bilateral issues including democratic reforms.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Alghabra, met with Desalegn in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. He becomes the second top official to call for action on political reforms in Ethiopia.
‘‘The Minister also participated in an in-depth exchange with civil society representatives, highlighting the need for democratic space, pluralism and respect for fundamental freedoms for any political dialogue to be successful,’‘ a statement from Dion’s office read.
The political situation in Ethiopia
The political situation in Ethiopia has been the subject of international concern. Addis Ababa is accused of repressing opposition groups with sweeping arrests under a state-of-emergency imposed since October last year and recently renewed.
The need for the curfew was to help quell spreading anti-government protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions. A recent report on the protests said over 660 people were killed including security officers deployed to maintain “peace” during the protests.