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Dear Editor

Following the publication in your newspaper, on its 1036th edition of Saturday July 16, 2016, pages 16, 22 and 23, a contribution by Leulseged Girma Haile, entitled “185 to ESSEQ: Ethiopia at the UNSC”, I would like, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Senegal, strongly regret the unfounded words of the author and bring to your attention and that of your readers the following details.    

Ethiopia and Senegal enjoy excellent relations of friendship and cooperation, marked since 1962, and even more in these recent years, by contacts and regular exchanges at the highest level. It has been established between His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and His Excellency Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, a permanet dialogue, specifically on subjects of concern for the African continent but also on bilateral issues.

As Ambassador of Senegal to Ethiopia, I am able to attest it, for having been on several occasions, the privileged witness of the great convergence of views between these two African leaders on all the topics discussed during their encounters.

Thus, in the context of the strengthening of the already excellent bilateral cooperation, His Excellency Tedros Adhanom (PhD), Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, has at the invitation of his Senegalese Counterpart, carried out an offical visit to Senegal, from March 27 to 29, 2016.

During this vist, and to refute the assertion of the author that Senegal would have not voted for Ethiopia in the elections of June 28, 2016 at the Security Council of the United Nations, our country has solemnly reaffirmed its agreement to support the Ethiopian candidature to that seat for the period 2017-2018. This decision has been materialized by the supporting letter, dated of June 16, 2016, that His Excellency Mankeur Ndiaye, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Senegalese abroad, has officially addressed to his Ethiopian brother and counterpart.

Similary, Senegal has decided through a solemn address by the voice of President Sall to supoort the candidature of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, endorsed by the African Union (AU) to the position of general director of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Regarding our bilateral cooperation, along with other projects the two countries are working on strengthening it. I want to state that Senegal is also inspired by the Ethiopian experience in the field of industrial parks, with the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO).

At last, regarding the headquarters of the African Union, contrary to the once again wrong assertion of the author, we would indicate unequivocally and formally that Senegal should never been near or far embroiled in a any attempt or desire to relocate it from Addis Ababa.

Momar Gueye


The Republic of Senegal