Greater Freedom not Less” is needed in Ethiopia says Secretary Tillerson



Abbay Media News
Yassin Ibrahim

The solution to the current political crisis in Ethiopia is “greater freedom not less” said United States’ Secretary of State during a press conference in Addis Ababa on Thursday March 8, 2017. Secretary Tillerson stated that his government “recognizes and shares the concern” of the Ethiopian government about the incidence of violence and loss of life expressed. However, the Secretary continued, the answer is giving people more freedom and not just the opposite.

Mr Rex Tillerson firmly re-asserted the U.S. position on the declared State of Emergency that was stated by the US Ambassador to Ethiopia few weeks ago. The State of Emergency puts restriction on the freedoms movement and assembly and we have expressed our deep concern against the latest declaration, he said.

The United States is encouraged by the recent release of prisoners of conscience but “We firmly believe that democratic reform, economic growth and lasting stability are best addressed’ through peaceful means of an all-inclusive dialogue.