Friends, many of you have been asking why we aren’t talking about the ongoing reports of violence against and detentions of protesters in Ethiopia. In the last several weeks, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski, former Ambassador Haslach, and U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power have all publicly called for an end to the violence and for respect for basic constitutional rights to be observed in Ethiopia. Our position has not changed nor has our commitment to helping the people of Ethiopia achieve the prosperous future they deserve.
So we continue to provide humanitarian assistance for millions of Ethiopians living on the edge of hunger as well important health and education programs as part of our support for Ethiopia’s long-term development goals. All the areas of our support: democratic development, economic growth and resiliency, and regional peace and security are equally important and interdependent. Success in one will not come without progress in the others so we remain committed to advancing all of them.