Premier sends condolences to gov’t, people of S. Africa

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Addis Ababa, 7 December 2013 (WIC) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Friday expressed most profound sympathies over the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

In his message, Prime Minister Hailemariam stressed the special place the former freedom fighter has in the hearts of all Ethiopians.

Hailemariam recalled the brief period that Nelson Mandela spent in Ethiopia during his exile in the 1960s.

He expressed Ethiopia’s commitment to uphold the messages of selflessness, humility and dedication to the struggle for freedom and human dignity that the towering African icon taught humanity.

Hailemariam, who is also current Chair of the African Union, conveyed sincere condolences to the family of the late Mandela as well as to the People and the Government of the Republic of South Africa.

Similarly, the Government Communications Affairs Office (GCAO), on behalf of the people and government of Ethiopia, expressed commiserations over the death of the former South African President Nelson Mandela.

GCAO said Mandela was a great freedom fighter and statesman who won the respect and admiration of Africa and the whole world.

It said the Ethiopian House of People’s Representative has summoned an extraordinary meeting for Saturday to declare a national mourning for the late revolutionary.
In a related development, President Mulatu Teshome expressed his deepest sorrow over the passing of the former South African leader Nelson Mandela. (ERTA)

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