Egypt will soon respond to Ethiopia’s allegations, says Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Mr. Ahmed Abou Zaid.
By Shaimaa Raafat (Daily News Egypt) |
The Ethiopian government is awaiting a response from Egypt to a request that Egyptian authorities take action against alleged Egyptian institutions supporting and funding Ethiopian opposition groups, said Ethiopian foreign affairs minister Workneh Gebeyehu in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsar on Sunday.
Despite referring to such allegations, Ethiopia’s foreign affairs minister assured that the two countries remain cooperative and relations are stable.
Ethiopia has repeatedly asserted these allegations against Egypt, stating that there are institutions based in Egypt allegedly harboring, supporting, and funding terrorist groups in Ethiopia. The Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry previously commented on the allegations saying that Egypt does not intervene in the internal affairs of other countries.
Daily News Egypt contacted on Monday the spokesperson of Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Abou Zaid, who declined to provide clarification about the issue, asserting that the ministry will release its response soon.
Last week, Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that there are alleged Egyptian institutions harboring, supporting, and funding “terrorist” groups in Ethiopia, during his interview on Al-Muqabla show aired on Al-Jazeera.
However, the statements made by both Ethiopian officials appeared to contradict each other. The prime minister said that the institutions supporting the opposition in his country are Egyptian and are affiliated with the Oromo Liberation Front, while the Ethiopian foreign affairs minister said that the institutions are working from Egypt, without clarifying that they were Egyptian or of another nationality, to support Ethiopian opposition.
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