ADDIS ABABA – The official opening ceremony of the Eid-to-Eid Great Ethiopian Homecoming officials has been held in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
The opening ceremony took place at the Friendship park in the presence of government and religious leaders including President of the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, Grand Mufti Haji Omar Idris, and mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abebe.
Delivering opening remarks, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has thanked the Ethiopian Diaspora for positively responding to the national call.
He underscored the role of the diaspora in activating the economy, promoting the national image and resisting and protesting undue external pressures, among others.
The Deputy PM took the occasion to Condemn the recent incident in Gondar. He said the longstanding and exemplary religious co-existence and social cohesion among Ethiopians should be promoted and maintained.
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Earlier that day, the Eid-to-Eid Expo was officially opened for the public at the Exhibition Center where Ethiopian-made products are on display.
State Minister Foreign Affairs Birtukan Ayano called on the Diaspora to buy products made in Ethiopia, encourage local manufacturers, and promote the country in this regard.
More programs will be held until Eid al-Fitr as part of the Great Ethiopian Homecoming, according to the Eid to Eid Initiative National Committee.
The programs include a Grand Ethiopian Street Iftar which is scheduled for Friday.
“Many Iftar programs have been held in many towns and cities so far, the Grand Iftar will excel them all,” said Ustaz Abubeker, Co-Chair of the Eid-to-Eid National Committee, in press briefing Tuesday.
Ustaz Abubekir also urged participants of the programs to make contributions with a view to support Ethiopians in need of support including communities affected by the conflict and drought.
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