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Ethiopia regrets map mix-up, apologises to Somalia

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Ethiopia has apologized for wrongly incorporating neighbouring Somalia within its borders on a map of Africa published on its official website.

Briefing the media on Tuesday, 28 May 2019, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nebiat Getachew said that the ministry is sincerely regretful for any confusion and misunderstanding the incident might have caused.

He said that it removed the map from the website, which caused much fuss on social media, as soon as it became aware of it.

“As soon as we noticed that a wrong image of the Map of Africa had crept in on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs, we immediately removed it from our website,” he noted.

He assured that the ICT Team is working to secure the security of the Website and the Ministry is also investigating issues related to the error.

“We earnestly regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused,” he said in his briefing.

Meanwhile, 134 Ethiopian returnees will arrive from Yemen on Tuesday afternoon, 28 May 2019.

Nebiyat further stated that around 2 044 Ethiopians have been in temporary shelter in Aden due to the crisis in Sana’a.

In collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the returnees will arrive home in the coming two weeks, according to the spokesperson.


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