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ADDIS ABABA, April 22 — Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has expressed his deep sorrow over the massacre of Ethiopian nationals by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Libya and has declared that everyone should fight together “the terrorists who intend to destroy the world wearing a religious mask”.
The premier, who also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, said the government was striving hard to bring back all Ethiopian nationals living in difficult situations in various countries,
Hailemariam, who strongly condemned the brutal killing of innocent Ethiopians, called on all Ethiopians to unite to fight terrorism.
According to the premier, the government had also been making efforts to stop the xenophobic attacks targeting citizens of different African countries, including Ethiopians, in South Africa.
Hailemariam urged Ethiopians who plan to travel to countries where they might encounter trouble to refrain from doing so and make use of the various opportunities, including jobs, created in the country.
Meanwhile, the House of People’s Representatives (the lower House of Parliamewnt) Tuesday declared a three-day national mourning for the Ethiopians killed in Libya and South Africa.
The Ethiopian flag will fly half-mast across the country, at Ethiopian embassies, diplomatic missions and consulates worldwide in honour of the dead, said the HPR, which expressed its sorrow over the death of the innocent victims and condemned the barbaric acts of the IS militants.
Speaking at the Parliament, Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom re-affirmed the readiness of the government to facilitate the return of the country’s migrants in Libya. “The government will cover all the costs for their return,” he said.
The Government Communication Affairs Office also confirmed that Ethiopia would strengthen its commitment to combat terrorism.