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Newsline: Ethiopia recalls embassy staffer in Ankara who ‘threatened to start war with Turkey’

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry on Dec. 1 stated that it recalled an embassy employee in Ankara who was reportedly drunk and threatened police officers that he would “start a war” between Ethiopia and Turkey after getting involved in a traffic accident, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The ministry said in a statement that Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu instructed the formation of a committee to investigate the incident. It also said the embassy staffer returned to the country on suspicion of misconduct and the ministry was also weighing on imposing sanctions on the official after they shed light on the incident. The official had reportedly refused to take an alcohol test after the accident. He also reportedly vowed to “ignite a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Ethiopia.” One of the eyewitnesses, whose car was hit and damaged by the official, also said the suspect threatened to “start a war” with Turkey.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ethiopia-recalls-embassy-staffer-in-ankara-who-threatened-to-start-war-with-turkey-123411

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Newsline: Drunk Ethiopian embassy official threatens to ‘start war’ with Turkey

An official from the Ethiopian Embassy in Ankara, who was reportedly drunk, threatened police officers that he would “start a war” between Ethiopia and Turkey after getting involved in two traffic accidents on Nov. 26. Police officers were dispatched to the scene after the accidents as the official, whose identity remains undisclosed, reportedly refused to take an alcohol test. After police arrived, the official reportedly vowed to “ignite a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Ethiopia.” One of the eyewitnesses, local man Burak Ayaydın, whose car was hit and damaged by the official, said the suspect threatened to “start a war” with Turkey. “This person hit another car down the road. Then he drove off and hit us … It looked like he was drunk,” Ayaydın said.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/drunk-ethiopian-embassy-official-threatens-to-start-war-with-turkey-123140

Newsline: Somalians protest at Ethiopia embassy in UK over prisoner transfer

Somalians resident in the United Kingdom on Tuesday held a protest outside the Ethiopian embassy in the country demanding that their country’s sovereignty be respected. The protest was in response to a recent decision of Somali authorities to transfer a citizen to Ethiopia. Scores of protesters with placards assembled in front of the Ethiopia embassy in London in what was a peaceful protest. Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “The Somali people are not a commodity to be sold, I am Qalbi Dagax,” “Ethiopia must respect Somalia’s sovereignty! Stop interfering with our Somali government.”

http://www.africanews.com/2017/09/13/photos-somalis-protest-at-ethiopia-embassy-in-uk-over-prisoner-transfer/

Newsline: Ethiopia to Open Embassy in Rwanda

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who is on a three-day state visit to Rwanda will open his country’s embassy in Rwanda. The news was announced by Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. Ethiopia has been carrying out its diplomatic relations with Rwanda through its embassy in Uganda. Rwanda opened its first embassy in Ethiopia in 1978.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201704280754.html

Newsline: Ethiopia Says US Embassy Intruders Must Be Charged

Ethiopia’s government said it hopes U.S. authorities will prosecute protesters who tried to take down the national flag on the grounds of its embassy in Washington. A security attache at the embassy, who has since returned home, fired a gun during the Sept. 29 incident, which has renewed tensions between Ethiopia’s government and dissident groups. Dina Mufti, a spokesman for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Ethiopian state television that the protesters have ties with Eritrea and the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab. He said the U.S. government is expected to protect the integrity of the embassy and to charge the “intruders,” who chanted anti-government slogans as they tried to take down the flag of Ethiopia. But on Oct. 2, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman in Washington indicated that authorities were instead looking to investigate the shooting incident, which reportedly caused no injuries. “In this case, we requested a waiver of (diplomatic) immunity to permit prosecution of the individual involved in that incident. The request was declined and the individual involved has now left the country,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Oct. 2.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ethiopia-us-embassy-intruders-charged-26095960

Newsline: Ethiopia blames Eritrea for disturbance at embassy in US

The Ethiopian government has pointed its finger at arch enemy Eritrea and Ethiopian opposition groups over a disturbance that took place at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington. Ethiopia’s ambassador to the US, Girma Biru, said around 15 people had been involved in the incident, which occurred at the embassy on Monday. “They first went to the consular service office and rudely demanded to speak to the ambassador. And when the officer told them that they needed an appointment, they insulted him and went out and tried to take down the Ethiopian flag,” he said. US security forces subsequently took members of the group into custody after they refused to leave peacefully. The culprits were detained for an hour, with authorities recording their names and addresses, before they were released. According to the ambassador, no legal demonstration had been planned on the day in question and group members are known to US authorities. He further went onto saying that the culprits were mercenaries of Eritrea and Ethiopia opposition groups who are reportedly upset by the successful outcome of recent discussion between the leaders of Ethiopia and the United States on boosting cooperation in the areas of trade, peacekeeping and fighting terrorism. The ambassador said the attack was as a “desperate act” in response to the growing relationship between the two countries.

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article52626

Newsline: Ethiopian diplomat flees US after embassy shooting

An Ethiopian diplomat who fired a gun at his country’s embassy earlier this week left the United States, the U.S. State Department said. The U.S. initially requested that Ethiopia waive the individual’s diplomatic immunity so that he could be prosecuted in the U.S, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Ethiopia reportedly denied that request, prompting the U.S. State Department to ask the diplomat to leave the country. No further details about the shooting or the individual were provided.

http://www.mycentraloregon.com/2014/10/02/ethiopian-diplomat-leaves-us-after-firing-gun-at-embassy-in-washington/