Addis Ababa, April 28, 2022 (Walta) – Ethiopia’s high ranking political and religious leaders denounce the conflict in Gondar.
The leaders condemned the act to incite religious conflict in Ethiopia following the Gondar incident. The leaders expressed their displeasure at an Iftar program organized by Ethiopian Diaspora Agency to honor expatriates coming home.
Ethiopian expatriates are coming home in response to the call made by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, dubbed ‘From Eid to Eid’.
The ceremony was attended by high ranking Ethiopian political and religious leaders. Among the list are Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, the Mayor of Addis Ababa, Adanich Abebe, and the Head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Mufti Haji Omar Idris and a number of other senior officials.
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his deep sadness and regret for what happened in the city of Gondar. He described the incident as” not a characteristic of Ethiopians”. He also underscored the need to be careful while resolving the cause of the conflict.
The deputy premier extended his condolence to the families of the victims while affirming government readiness to work with citizens in order to prevent such incident from happening again.
The Mayor of Addis Ababa, Adanesh Abebe, said that she is happy to see Ethiopian expatriates have returned home for Eid in her welcoming remark. The mayor expressed her offices readiness to support expatriates who want to engage various economic and development engagements.
Head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Hajj Omar Idris, expressed his happiness for being able to witness the invitation is being realized.
The supreme council denounced the move towards religious conflict in every party of the country including Gondar. He calls up on every Ethiopian to stand for the unity of the country.
“Let us return to our origin; the way we grew up. It is love and harmony that defines us across races or religious sects. It is cooperation that supports and strengthens the foundations of our state,” said Hajj Omar Idris in his compassionate advice to Ethiopians from all walks of life gathered at the Friendship Square.
By Suhail Bushra