DUBAI, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday warned UAE citizens of travelling to the East African state of Ethiopia, the state news agency WAM reported.

The ministry asked Emirati nationals in the country “to avoid visiting Oromia, Amhara, and Harari regions in light of the current situation in the country.”

Ethiopia imposed martial law on Friday for six months following a crippling strike last week in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state and increasing reports of ethnic clashes across the country.

The UAE ministry has also urged Emiratis who are currently in Ethiopia to exercise caution and avoid any assemblies or demonstrations, calling on them to communicate with the UAE Embassy in Addis Ababa in case of emergency.

Earlier in the day, The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday called for all Ethiopian stakeholders to refrain from acts that undermine peace and stability.

Norway concerned over State of Emergency in Ethiopia

“As a good friend and strategic partner of Ethiopia I was concerned when learning of the re-imposition of a State of Emergency in Ethiopia, so soon after the last State of Emergency was lifted,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The reinstatement of the State of Emergency was introduced 16 February for a period of six months.

“The sustainable political and economic development as well as stability of Ethiopia is important to Norway. It is essential that the recent State of Emergency will not reduce the Ethiopian government’s commitment to ongoing reform processes, including multiparty dialogue, release of prisoners and the dialogue with civil society. These processes, which aim for a more inclusive political environment, are important for the development of democracy. In this respect, I would urge the government of Ethiopia to implement the State of Emergency in a proportional manner and in respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Eriksen Søreide.



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