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Slovenia opens embassy in Addis Ababa

The Slovenian Embassy in Addis Ababa is now open and is headed by the Chargé d'Affaires ad interim Vesna Dolinšek. This is Slovenia’s second resident embassy in Africa, which will significantly strengthen Slovenia's political and economic relations with Ethiopia and countries in the wider region. It will also contribute to the accessibility of consular assistance to Slovenian citizens travelling in East African countries.

Slovenia has been striving to strengthen its presence on the African continent for some time now. Due to the volatile security situation, the opening of the new embassy was not possible for a very long time. Following the calming of the situation in Ethiopia and the recent strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries, including the visit of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Tanja Fajon, to Addis Ababa in the first half of April 2023, a decision has been made to open a second resident embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Africa. The embassy in Addis Ababa, a centre of African diplomacy and the seat of the African Union, is also likely to be accredited to other countries in the region.

The Slovenian Embassy in Addis Ababa will significantly contribute to enhancing Slovenia's political, economic and cultural collaboration with Ethiopia and the countries of the region. With the opening of the embassy, Slovenia will be more engaged in shaping the EU’s relationship with the African Union, thus contributing to a better understanding of the situation in African countries, which also has a considerable indirect impact on Europe.