Ambassador Dina Mufti, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), discussed the nature of the planned all-inclusive national dialogue at today’s press briefing. “It is a dialogue among the citizens but not a negotiation. TPLF is a designated terrorist organization by the House of Peoples’ Representatives and the Ethiopian government won’t sit for negotiation with this organization. The parliament has to see all legal frames when it comes to TPLF,” Dina said.
According to him, the program was designed to involve designated institutions, civil servants, citizens of Ethiopia, and concerned bodies to discuss the recurring conflicts the country had endured for so long and to come up with possible solutions to put an end to them.
When asked about the rumors that TPLF was plotting to launch new attacks from Sudan borders, he said, “Ethiopia and Sudan have been fraternal countries and the Ethiopian government believes the Sudanese government won’t intervene in our internal affairs,” adding, “If the TPLF dares to inflict any attack, we have a capable military and people to defend accordingly.”
He also discussed political, economic, and citizen-centered diplomacy agendas such as the participation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation at the Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit. He said, “The summit was a great diplomatic achievement for Ethiopia and the entire Africa which will be a potential input for Africa’s 2063 schemes.”