Islamabad – 7 December 2023 (Adnan Hameed) : The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) in Islamabad commemorated the 18th Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Day on Thursday, gathering a significant presence of Ethiopian Diaspora in Pakistan, media, civil society, and friends of Ethiopia.
The event, hosted at the Embassy of FDRE Ethiopia in Islamabad, was marked by vibrant celebrations reflecting national zeal and fervor. The festivities included cultural performances and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, showcasing the rich and diverse culture of the FDR Ethiopia.
Addressing the attendees, H.E. Jemal Beker Abdula, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the FDR Ethiopia to Pakistan, highlighted the significance of the day. He emphasized that the diverse nations, nationalities, and peoples of Ethiopia laid a strong foundation with the ratification of Ethiopia’s Constitution on 8 December 1994. This constitution recognized and transformed diversity into a source of strength and wealth, ensuring democratic order, lasting peace, and advancement in political, economic, and social matters based on equality and justice.
Ambassador Jemal Beker acknowledged the unity, tolerance, compassion, and Ethiopianism that have blossomed from the seed of harmony planted in the diverse soil of Ethiopia. He stressed that diversity is a strength, calling on all to contribute to promoting harmony, peace, and prosperity for the benefit of future generations.
Describing the current generation as “Medemer,” destined to leave a strong legacy, he emphasized the importance of understanding each other, strengthening fraternity, and collectively facing challenges for a strong, resilient, and prosperous Ethiopia.
Highlighting shared challenges, Ambassador Jemal Beker noted the common ground between Ethiopia and Pakistan in facing hybrid warfare. He emphasized the need for bilateral cooperation to address this challenge and mentioned ongoing efforts, including the collaboration on climate change through the Green Legacy Initiative.
The ambassador reiterated the commitment of the FDR Ethiopia government to defend its sovereignty, diversity, and the aspirations of its nations. He praised Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, for advancing peace, prosperity, and unity in Ethiopia while preserving ethnic and national identities and deepening democracy.