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Norway Urges Its Citizens to Refrain From Travelling to Ethiopia Due to Security Reasons

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged all citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ethiopia amid concerns about the civil war.

However, the same ministry has announced that its capital, Addis Ababa, will be exempted from the current rule, as essential travel is not discouraged there, reports.

Due to the situation in Ethiopia, the authorities in Norway have tightened their restrictions on arrivals from this country since December 17. Authorities in Norway tightened travel advice for arrivals from Ethiopia in the fall of 2021 due to the approach of Tigray rebel forces from the area. Capital.

“This situation has changed in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The situation in the capital is relatively stable, but the war is still going on in the north of the country. Air traffic to and from the capital is going as usual. Against this background, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to change the travel board in Addis Ababa,” as This was stated in the statement published by the ministry itself.

Earlier in November, authorities in Norway called on Norwegian citizens to refrain from traveling to Ethiopia due to the current situation in that country.

The current crisis in Ethiopia is complex and confusing. Fighting between the Ethiopian National Defense Force and its affiliated forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front/Tigrayan Defense Force and its affiliated forces has recently moved south. As of November 2, a state of emergency has been imposed across Ethiopia. “Visitors are required to comply with these regulations,” the statement published by the authorities in Norway at the time revealed.

Recently, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, had a conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Anken Hoetfeldt. They discussed positive developments in Ethiopia.

In addition, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs congratulated the Foreign Minister for Norway’s presidency at the United Nations Security Council this month, adding that he hopes Norway will use its presidency to achieve a balanced and reasonable vision that is reflected. On the commendable actions taken by the Government of Ethiopia.

Soon after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the Nobel Prize for making peace with neighboring Eritrea, after a prolonged period of fighting, Prime Minister Ahmed declared a state of emergency and urged civilians to arm themselves and protect the capital from being captured. .

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