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Egypt's El-Sisi greets freed Ethiopian workers fleeing Libya at airport

The Ethiopian workers are the first batch to return through Cairo from crisis-hit Libya, after 30 were killed in April

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 May 2015
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Sisi welcomes fleeing Ethiopians upon their arrival at Cairo airport on May 7, 2015 (Photo: State TV)
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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday personally received the first batch of Ethiopian ‎workers to return from Libya through Egypt at Cairo International Airport. ‎

“Egypt was worried about our Ethiopian brothers after the criminal slaying [of Ethiopian ‎workers] that took place a few days ago, and what we wanted most is for our ‎Ethiopian brothers to return home safely”, El- Sisi said as he met the 27 workers at the capital's airport.

Up to 30 Christian Ethiopian workers were killed by the armed Islamic State group in ‎April.‎

Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom met the Egyptian president in Cairo earlier this ‎week to discuss facilitating the return of Ethiopian workers willing to leave Libya.‎

The 27 Ethiopian workers, all Christian, had been detained in Libya and were released after intense negotiations with different forces on the ground, a military source told Ahram Arabic news website, denying that "any military intervention had taken place”.

“Ethiopia will continue its efforts to facilitate the return of Ethiopians from Libya,” ‎Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said on his official website a day earlier.‎

On 7 May, 13 Ethiopians arrived in Khartoum in the first successful evacuation of ‎more than 300 Ethiopian workers who registered to leave the troubled country through ‎coordination between Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Libyan government.‎

Ethiopia does not share any borders with the crisis-hit north African country, ‎but many workers travel illegally to Libya, through Egyptian or Tunisian borders ‎looking for a job. ‎

The relationship between Cairo and Addis Ababa has greatly improved in the last ‎couple of years due to a change in Egyptian diplomacy that now prefers to ‎consolidate ties with Ethiopia. Relations between both countries were tense, especially ‎after Ethiopia started building the Renaissance Dam on the Nile river. ‎

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Ashagrie Teshome
09-05-2015 10:59am
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Thank You
Thank You President of Egypt and the people for their doing to help our brothers.
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janbo
08-05-2015 11:21am
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Great Job
We Ethiopians love Egypt for immense sacrifice by Egyptians brothers(the military). We have also great appreciation for Egyptian people and the the president EL-Sisi. God keep this warmly relation for ever
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Abraham
08-05-2015 07:09am
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Appreciated
Thank you Egypt and President Al Sisi, that's why we (Ethiopians and Egyptians) are son of the River of the Nile (Abay)
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Bariisoo Abbasoo
08-05-2015 12:29am
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Thank you
As an Ethiopian I want to thank the people and government of Egypt. I think you are on the right truck of the politics now. Ethiopian Christians respect and love Egyptian Christian brothers since we see them as old friends. The same is true for Muslims. But you never realised this and I hope you will understand how to do politics after this. We will never forget this!No matter what we will never stop the flow of the Nile thougn :)
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Sam Enslow
07-05-2015 04:06pm
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good
This was both a nice gesture in itself and good politics. Often the two go together.
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