Panel Discusses Contemporary, Future Trends in Ethiopian Diplomacy

Addis Ababa: The second part of the panel discussion being held at the Science Museum continued this afternoon, deliberating on contemporary and future trends in Ethiopian diplomacy. The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, moderated the discussion presented by Ambassador Redwan Hussein, Ambassador Teshome Toga, Engineer Worku Gachena and Ambassador Mahamoud Dirir. On the occasion, Commissioner of the National Rehabilitation Commission, Ambassador Teshome noted that foreign policy is an extension of the domestic context, highlighting the multifaceted contribution of national reform programs to the country's diplomatic endeavors. He also summarized the major diplomatic successes and challenges of the past five years. Director General of the Artificial Intelligence Center, Engineer Worku Gachena also discussed the nature of diplomacy in the digital era and artificial intelligence. National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Ambassador Redwan shed light on Ethiopia's diplomat ic activities related to GERD, the quest for access to the sea, and the importance of cyber diplomacy. Ambassador Mahamoud Dirir, Commissioner of the National Dialogue Commission, emphasized the major challenges to Ethiopia's diplomacy mainly associated with the conflict in northern Ethiopia, the GERD negotiations, and the Government's resolute commitment to the maxim of African solutions to African problems. Taking stock of the key diplomatic achievements and challenges over the past few years, the discussion underscored the importance of enhancing Ethiopia's diplomacy commensurate with the increasingly complex and digital globe. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen said at the conclusion of the panel that the dynamic modern period need new paradigms and digitally led diplomacy to safeguard the national interest of the country. In order to realizing this, Demeke stated that efforts will be exerted to facilitate the a platform aimed at engaging the youth in the diplomatic activities of the country with a sense of ownership. According to Demeke, the government of Ethiopia has intensified its efforts of diplomacy in line with the principle of give and take, expanding friendship and reducing hostility by ensuring the benefits of all. Source: Ethiopian News Agency