1. Countries of the Horn of Africa
When we speak of relations with other countries, we should first speak of our neighbors in the Horn of Africa; namely: the Sudan,Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya.
In this world so closely interconnected through globalization, civil society has started to play a more important role in relations between countries. Religious organizations, professional associations and NGOs have been building links with fraternal organizations all over the world and are striving to spread the benefits of globalization around. In this way, they contribute to development and the building of democracy. They are becoming new forms of inter-country interchange. The government should take note of this growing phenomenon and encourage and even help coordinate Ethiopian civil society so that one's interests and security are respected. It is when we strengthen our networking, when we seek the widest participation, and when we play a key coordinating role that we can build our capacity to deliver what is needed to protect our interests and security.
These countries have long standing links with Ethiopia in such
areas as language, culture, history, natural resources, and so on. Changes in Ethiopia affect them directly, and what happens to them has an impact on us. There are rivers that connect us and have a direct bearing on our development. This is particularly true of Sudan, Somalia and also Kenya. Ethiopia is landlocked,while all our neighbors have ports that can provide services. We need to consider our strong ties with our neighbors and chart out the appropriate policy towards them.
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