Egypt strongly condemns assassination attempt on Ethiopian PM

Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Jun 2018

Attack on Ethiopian PM Ahmed rally
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed was speaking at a packed Meskel Square in Addis Ababa during the failed assassination attempt which took place on June 23, 2018 (Photo: AFP)

Egypt has condemned "in the strongest terms" an assassination attempt on Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and unequivocally denounced any attempt to disrupt security and stability in Ethiopia.

The statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry came hours after a grenade attack killed one person and wounded at least 154 at a rally in Addis Ababa, which was attended by tens of thousands of people.

The Egyptian foreign ministry's statement said that Egypt is glad that the prime minister was not hurt in the attack, expressing condolences for the government and people of Ethiopia.

Egypt also expressed its confidence in the Ethiopian government's ability to accomplish security and stability, and accentuated continued efforts between Egypt and Ethiopia to achieve the aspirations of both nations.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack, which took place after Ahmed, who took office in April, finished his speech to thousands of people in the centre of the capital.

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