OIC Exploring Effect of Drought in Ethiopia, East Africa

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Addis Ababa June 12/2017 A delegation from Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) is in Ethiopia to explore the effect of drought in East Africa and help alleviate it.

President Mulatu Teshome held discussion today with OIC delegation led by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister and OIC Chair Ahmet Yildiz about the drought situation in Ethiopia.

During the discussion, President Mulatu told the delegation that Ethiopia has been working hard to mitigate the drought and support the victims by itself.

Ethiopia has also been supporting people fleeing from neighboring countries in various ways, he added.

Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz said he has met with various stakeholders in Ethiopia and UN Institutions.

He stated that the delegation “has seen that Ethiopian institutions are well prepared to use their own resources to mitigate the drought. We are very happy with Ethiopia’s efforts in this regard.”

Furthermore, he pointed out that the country has the capacity to cooperate with the Organization of Islamic Conference and has done good job in prioritizing to save people’s lives.

According to the delegation leader, OIC and member states will help in alleviating the suffering of the people as the number of people affected by this drought is huge in number.

The delegation will also visit Kenya, Somalia, among other East African countries, it was learned.

The Organization of Islamic Conference is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with of 57 member states spread over four continents.