British Prime Minister David Cameroon will visit Ethiopia “soon”, read a tweet by an Ethiopia based magazine quoting Oliver Robbins, who is the Second Permanent Secretary at the UK Home Office.
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) February 24, 2016
The visit would be Cameron’s first trip to Ethiopia since he became a PM.
Former British PM Tony Blair visited Ethiopia in 2004.
It was also indicated that Cameroon will be joined by Philip Hammond, UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs.
The relationship between Ethiopia and the UK has been tense since June 2014 when British Citizen of an Ethiopian origin, opposition politician Andargachew Tsige, was abducted by Ethiopian securities from Sanaa Airport in Yemen.
Cameroon and Hammond had written series of letters to their Ethiopian counterparts seeking his release and consular access. Ethiopian officials have been adamant.
Early this month 150,000 signatures were submitted to Cameron calling him to call for the release of Andargachew Tsige.
We at De Birhan, have called Prime Minister David Cameron to call for the release of prisoners of conscience like Zelalem Workagegnehu, Bahiru Degu, Yonatan Tesfaye immediately via our social media held for two days HERE.
In a nation that is being rocked by rights protests such as the #Oromoprotest, where prominent opposition figures like Andargachew Tsige, bloggers and activists like Zelalem Workagegnehu and hundreds of other nameless prisoners of conscience are being held with such a level of inhumanity, we find it necessary that it is Cameron’s moral responsibility to either call off his trip or travel with these strong, legal and humane demands of the release of such prisoners and the establishment of a fair and equally just system.