Addis Ababa, April 12 , 2018. The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mr. Thomas Kwesi Quartey arrived in Santiago de Cuba to participate in the XVI International Conference on African and African-American Culture.
The visit of the high level representative of the African Union coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the African Cultural Center "Fernando Ortiz", institution that precisely organizes the event.
The Cuban Mission in Ethiopia organized a meeting with the participation of medical and educational collaborators, Cuban residents, diplomatic personnel and a representation of the members of the various associations of solidarity with Cuba in Ethiopia, to witness together the session of the IX Legislature of the National Assembly of the Popular Power, in which the new Council of State was made known and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez took office as the new President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba.
Addis Abeba, March 15th, 2018. In the framework of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the jointly victory in the Ogaden, the Ethiopian Retired Generals Seyoum Kassa and Wasihun Nigatu, accompanied by other veterans, paid tribute to the fallen Cubans in this country during a wreath lying ceremony at the Ethio-Cuban Friendship Park.
The Generals participated later in the day, in a Seminar held at new premises of the Cuban Embassy, where they exposed anecdotes on their experiences in the relationship with the Cuban officials and soldiers 40 years ago.
Addis Abeba, 15 March, 2018. The event to mark the 40th anniversary of the jointly victory in the Ogaden was celebrated in the Cuba-Ethiopia Friendship Park presided by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mrs.Hirut Zemene and the Ambassador of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Vilma Thomas. Also in attendance, more than a hundred people including among them graduated from Cuba, Ethiopian military veterans, Cuban doctors and residents, members of the Diplomatic Corps, among others.
On March 15, 1978, the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz announced in a speech that the Somali invaders withdraw from the Ethiopian territory and proclaimed the jointly victory of the Ethiopian and Cuban troops.
Today, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of that historical chapter. It is a moment to appreciate the participation on the events of thousands of Ethiopians and Cubans and particularly to celebrate the lives of the 163 Cubans and many Ethiopians fallen during the military campaigns.