Fana Broadcasting, The government of Ethiopia said it was preparing a draft bill to legalize hoisting the flag of the African Union alongside the National Flag and its anthem being sung along with Ethiopia’s National anthem.
Meles Alem, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), told journalists that the decision has come following the Joint Declaration given by leaders of the AU member states during the celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the Union.
Indicating Namibia and South Africa are the only two countries which implemented the declaration, he added Ethiopia, as a founder and seat of the Union, needs to champion it and become an epitome of African solidarity in this regard.
Meles remarked that the government is taking several measures to make sure that Ethiopia is home to African brothers and sisters and Addis Ababa their capital.
Noting that the Government of Ethiopia has issued ‘Visa on Arrival’ starting from November 28/2018, he said that over 1,000 Africans have enjoyed the arrangement ever since.
He further said that the ‘Visa on Arrival’ would help boost Ethiopia’s tourism and investment as well as to strengthen its diplomatic relations.
The Spokesperson added that Ethiopia has effectively discharged its responsibilities while hosting the 11th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Africa Union.
He also noted that it was an important platform from which Ethiopia has made significant diplomatic gains. “
A number of Africans delegates who participated in the meeting commended the positive dynamism and the ongoing reforms in the country,” he added.
He said the reform of the African Union has been concluded in line with Ethiopia’s interests.
The Spokesperson said Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, in his first participation, had ensured his active presence, and during his interventions in key sideline meetings, he forwarded important proposals on human capital, the AU Commission structure and selections of its leadership which all won the acceptance of the gathering.
On the margins of the meeting, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh had bilateral discussions with over 25 leaders, Foreign Minister, top officials of the UN.