Merkel visiting Ethiopia as state of emergency unfolds

German Chancellor Angela Merkel land in Ethiopia, where her meeting on Tuesday with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to focus on the country's newly declared state of emergency and other issues including migration.


Merkel's African tour, with stops earlier this week in Mali and Niger, is meant to highlight the global migration crisis and discuss security issues. Ethiopia is one of the world's largest hosts of refugees, with hundreds of thousands arriving from nearby Somalia, South Sudan and elsewhere.


This East African country, one of Africa's best-performing economies, declared its first state of emergency in a quarter-century on Sunday, after months of protests demanding wider freedoms. German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer has said Merkel will also "of course clearly address human rights" in Ethiopia.


פרסום ראשון: 10.11.16, 10:35