Sudan Commemorates First Anniversary of Death of Meles Zenawi (Video)

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Ethiopians in Khartoum Gather in a Memorial Service for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Aug. 24, 2013

Over 1500 Ethiopians residing in Sudan attended a first anniversary memorial service for the late Prime Minister Meles Zenwi at the Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum.

On the occasion, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan, Abadi Zemo, remembered the late Meles as outstanding leader whose life-long service brought millions of Ethiopians out of abject poverty. He said, Meles’s brilliant leadership in formulating and executing right polices has turned a country which was known for repeated famine and drought in to a thriving nation of millionaire farmers. Ambassador Abadi added that, the people of Ethiopia vows to maintaining the legacy of Meles and to safeguard the achievements made so far through a continued strong support to different grand projects like the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam(GERD, and other infrastructure projects.

Meles worked hard to build a carbon free economy in a bid to achieve his own vision of a carbon zero development for Ethiopia by 2020,he said. He also noted that Meles strived for peace and stability of the Horn sub-region, Africa and the world in general that brought tangible results.

Finally, Ambassador Abadi urged Ethiopians to continue their strong support for the grand projects and realize the vision of the late Prime Minister Meles. He also called up on Ethiopians in Sudan to strengthen their fraternal relations and support ti their beloved brothers and sisters who live in a dire conditions after being smuggled to Sudan by illegal traffickers on false promises of better life.

Ethiopian religious leaders and community representatives who made remarks during the ceremony agreed that the late Prime Minister Meles was a visionary and pragmatic leader who thought others all his life that poverty is Ethiopia’s main problem .This quality of Meles, they said is remains in the hearts and minds of the people. The leaders and representatives urged all Ethiopians who reside in Sudan to continue to support the GERD and other major development projects and realize Meles ‘s vision.

Source: AllAfrica

 

Sudan Commemorates First Anniversary of Death of Meles Zenawi

Aug. 25, 2013

Khartoum – It is our duty in Sudan and Africa to shoulder the responsibility and follow the path set by late Meles Zenawi in terms of governance and administration, said Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, representative of the President of the Republic at a ceremony held yesterday in Khartoum to commemorate the first anniversary of the late Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi.

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The people of the two countries are committed to pick up from where the late Zenawi stopped to further promote relations between the two countries, the Representative of the President said.

He highlighted the President’s decision to contribute towards Zenawi institution to enable it to shoulder its role to realize Zenawi’s aspirations for Africa. The late Zenawi pursued a wise policy in Africa which should be maintained and documented to serve as model for future generations in Africa and the world, he said.

Umm Party leader Mr. Sadiq Al-Mahdi said the late Zenawi did his best to avert any cold war over the Nile basin. Zenawi was criticized because of the democratic practice but he allowed a considerable degree of participation and seized the opportunity of the stability to achieve development, he said.

Ethiopian ambassador to Sudan, Abadi Zemo has praised the efforts exerted by the Sudanese government and the committee that organized the ceremony for the late Zenawi. He highlighted the strong relationship between Zenawi and President Al Bashir expressing commitment to follow up on the implementation of the decisions taken by the late Prime Minister. He said Zenawi laid strong foundation for development and prosperity of Ethiopia including poverty reduction. He was in quest for solutions for Africa and the entire world, the ambassador said.

The late Zenawi fought for Africa at international and regional forums by raising African issues and amplifying the voice of the continent, said Mesfin Azeb, the widow of the late Prime Minister.

He loved Africa and his country, he was good-natured and compassionate, she said. He left indelible impression in his pursuit to achieve the cherished change in Ethiopia and was always pushing Africans towards real partnership between them and the west, she added.

The ceremony was attended by ambassadors, leaders of political parties in Sudan and the Ethiopian community in Khartoum. The ceremony was sponsored by the Sudanese Mobile Telephone Company (Zain).

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Source: InDepthAfrica

 

Sudan: Meles Memorial – Testimonial Session Held in Khartoum

Aug. 25, 2013

In the second day of the Meles memorial in Khartoum a testimonial session organized by the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum in cooperation with the Ethio- Sudanese- Friendship Associations on relations was held.

The symposium was preceded by opening remarks In her opening remarks Honorable Azeb Mesfin, President of The Meles Zenawi Foundation expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the people of Sudan for the support and solidarity they have shown when Ethiopia was grieving the passing away of Prime Minister Meles. Sudan has a special place in the hearts of Ethiopians, Azeb said. She noted that Meles selflessly committed his life for the betterment of the people of Ethiopia and Africa. She added Meles has shown outstanding leadership in building the new Ethiopia in a situation where many had lost hope.

Meles played key role in transforming Ethiopia’s economy and in the advancement of democracy, she said. The representative of the Sudanese Armed Forces in his remark noted Meles was exceptional character who had immense regional influence. The late Meles was a unique model for leaders who made a lot of effort for the cause of his people and country since the struggle against Dergue, he said. He noted that Meles promulgated the most progressive constitution to unite his people and build an excellent bilateral relation between Sudan and Ethiopia .

He also added that Meles’ contribution in resolving issues between the two Sudan was of great importance. Sadiq Al-Mahdi former Prime Minister of Sudan also made a brief note on Meles. He said Meles was one of the pillars and compassionate advocates of strong relationship between Sudan and Ethiopia. Al-Mahdi expressed Meles as a liberator transformed himself in to a statesman after a revolution. He had understood early that he has to decentralize power and federalize the country in order to achieve development which is a real success for him, Al-Mahdi noted. Al-Mahdi added that Meles was someone with a very wide understanding, a good listener and a man of deep reflection.

He always thought good things for Sudan, Al-Mahdi concluded. Representing the government of Sudan, Dr. Nafi Ali Nafi noted that the special relationship between Sudan and Ethiopia is embodied in the principles laid by late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Meles proved himself as a man who steadfastly follows those principles he held since the struggle time.

Source: AllAfrica

 

Ethiopians in Sudan Held Memorial for Meles Zenawi

By Zeryhun Kassa

Aug. 25, 2013

Ethiopians residing in Sudan attended a first anniversary memorial service of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenwi at the Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum.

Ethiopia’s Ambassador there, Abadi Zemo remembered the late Meles as outstanding leader whose life-long service brought millions of Ethiopians out of abject poverty.

He said, Meles’s brilliant leadership in formulating and executing the right mix of polices has turned a country which was known for repeated famine and drought in to a thriving nation of millionaire farmers.

Ambassador Abadi added that, the people of Ethiopia vows to maintaining the legacy of Meles and to safeguard the achievements made so far through a continued strong support to different grand projects like the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD, and other infrastructure projects.

Meles worked hard to build a carbon free economy in a bid to achieve his own vision of a carbon zero development for Ethiopia by 2020,he said. He also noted that Meles strived for peace and stability of the Horn sub-region, Africa and the world in general that brought tangible results.

Finally, Ambassador Abadi urged Ethiopians to continue their strong support for the grand projects and realize the vision of the late Prime Minister Meles.

He also called up on Ethiopians in Sudan to strengthen their fraternal relations and support ti their beloved brothers and sisters who live in a dire conditions after being smuggled to Sudan by illegal traffickers on false promises of better life.

Participants who attended the memorial said Meles’s contribution remains in the hearts and minds of the people. The leaders and representatives urged all Ethiopians who reside in Sudan to continue to support the GERD and other major development projects.

Source: AllAfrica

Meles Zenawi: War on Hunger and Poverty

By Alula Berhe Kidani (alulakidani@yahoo.com)
August 27, 2013

Ethiopia and Sudan on last Saturday 24 August, 2013 commemorated the First Anniversary of the  of the late Ethiopian and African leader Meles Zenawi.

While agreeing totally with the content of many words said in this occasion in the Friendship Hall ceremony, I would like to focus on basic fundamental issue in the legacy of the late Zenawi.

The visionary Malaysian leader once said that if you do not have a vision you will go backward while you think you are going forward.

More than two decades ago when Zenawi and his comrades came to power , they came with a very clear vision that the Number One Enemy of Ethiopia is hunger and poverty and no nothing else.

This fundamental vision led them to two adapt two fundamental principles; democracy and federalism.

This in turn made all the state resources focus on one specific major goal and the result as documented by the United Nationals Agencies and the World Bank reports is that Ethiopia is among the very few African countries that will be able to achieve the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).

In an extensive interview some months ago for Sudan Vision, the Ethiopian Ambassador in Sudan, H.E. Abadi Zemo, that the efforts of the Ethiopian diplomacy focus one his country number one enemy and no other country because you cannot fight poverty and hunger  and have bad relations with  others at the same time.

So, in our view the best present that we can give in Sudan and Ethiopia to the memory of the late hero Meles Zenawi is to implement fully and without un-necessary obstacles the whole package of the cooperation agreements signed between the two countries. We think that the promotion and development of mutual relations will help the people of the two countries to fight poverty and move forward in the road of development taking into consideration that the reports of the UN Development Agencies and the World Bank have firmly documented that the only solution  for Africa from the trap of poverty can only come vide African economic integration and the report of the World Bank titled; Africa can help feed Africa, which is been published by Sudan Vision clearly document this fact.

So, let us move forward in this road as quick as possible.

Source: Sudan Vision Daily