Statement by president Obama on the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

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The white house office of the press secretary
August 21, 2012 - It was with sadness that learned of the passing of prime minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.Prime minister meles desrves for his lifelong contribution to Ethiopia`s development , particulary his unyiielding commitment to Ethiopia`s poor.
I met with Prime minister meles at the G-8 summit in May and recall my personal admirattion for his desire to lifit millions of Ethiopia out of poverty through his drive for food secirity.
I am also  grateful for prime minister meles`s service for peace and security in Africa, his contribution to the African union , and his voice for Africa on the world stage.
On behalf of the the American people , I often my condolences to prime minister meles ` family and to the people of Ethiopia on this untimely loss, and confirm the U.S. Government`s commitiment to our partnership with Ethiopia.
Going forward , we encourage the Government of Ethiopia to enhance its support for development , democracy , regional stability and security , human rights and prosperity for its people.