Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Dr. Abiy on the prestigious honor of being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Secretary highlighted the importance of the strong partnership between the United States and Ethiopia and the United States’ support for Ethiopia’s historic reforms. They also discussed recent violent protests in Oromia and the need to peacefully address the challenge of ethnic conflict.
Secretary Pompeo and Dr. Abiy also discussed regional issues. The Secretary asked for the Prime Minister’s support in brokering a sustainable implementation of the national unity government called for in South Sudan’s peace agreement.
Meanwhile, the United States congratulates Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on the prestigious honor of being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Prime Minister Abiy’s commitment to seeking peace on the African continent and ending conflict with Eritrea demonstrates courage, strength, and leadership. We celebrate this momentous occasion with the people of Ethiopia and the entire continent.
Today, there is a new generation of Africans filled with hope for a more prosperous and peaceful future. The Prime Minister’s efforts in strengthening democracy and peace in Africa inspire the world’s future leaders to become agents of positive change in their own regions. We commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Abiy to advance peace and end conflict in our world.