African leaders across the continent are reacting with praise and encouragement to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Notwithstanding the ongoing dispute between the two Nile Basin countries over water-sharing issues, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated Abiy Ahmed on the distinction.
"This is a new victory for our dark continent, which always aspires for peace and seeks stability and development," wrote the Egyptian head of state on his official Facebook page shortly after the announcement of the Ethiopian Prime Minister's distinction. .
The Egyptian President added: "I hope that our constructive efforts to end all conflicts and differences in Africa will continue, thanks to the will of our great children and our people."
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Somalia's head of state – one of the countries in the Horn of Africa region to which Abiy has been devoting intense diplomatic efforts since taking office in April 2018 – said the Ethiopian Prime Minister is "a fair winner" .
Liberian President George Weah stressed the "noble feat" achieved by the Ethiopian reformer. Ghanaian counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo, on the other hand, considered the award "a reminder to everyone that peace is one of the most important ingredients needed to make Africa a success".
"Its historic peacebuilding efforts have given hope to the world at a time when leadership is needed more than ever," African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Twitter.
The Ethiopian President since October 2018, Sahle-Work Zewde, the only woman to hold the post of head of state in Africa because of Ahmed's own government renewal, urged all Ethiopians to continue working “for peace and prosperity ”in the Horn of Africa and the rest of the continent.
South African President Cyril Rampahosa stated in a press release that this award “focuses the world's attention on Africa's unremitting progress” towards “peace and stability” and congratulated Ethiopia and Eritrea for opening “New possibilities for cooperation, integration and development”.
Leaders from African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya also praised Abiy Ahmed's work. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok hailed his Ethiopian counterpart as "a true leader whose service to Ethiopia and Africa is exemplary."
Abiy Ahmed played a key role in alleviating the political unrest that followed the ousting of Sudan's former autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April by mediating a power-sharing agreement between the pro-democracy activists and the military junta that took over. power in the country.
“He (Ahmed) has been instrumental in creating economic stability and promoting peace,” tweeted Hamdok.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the inspiring symbol Abiy represents for the entire continent as the protagonist of a historic peace agreement in 2018 that ended the 20-year military confrontation following the secession of the United Nations. Eritrea of Ethiopia in 1993.
“His vision has helped Ethiopia and Eritrea to achieve a historic rapprochement and his leadership has been a wonderful example for others in Africa and beyond,” wrote Guterres, also through Twitter.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) joined in this compliment, noting that Ethiopia has established itself under Abiy's mandate as one of Africa's premier safe havens for those fleeing conflict.
“Ethiopia is one of Africa's leading refugee recipients, with over 700,000 registered people,” recalled High Commissioner Filippo Grandi.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.
According to the jury statement, the prize was awarded to the Ethiopian Prime Minister for "his important work to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice".
The award also aims to recognize “all stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and the eastern and northeastern regions of Africa”, underlines the note.
Last year, the prize was awarded to Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo and human rights activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon in conflicts and wars around the world.
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