Ethiopia Releases 3 Egyptians Arrested During Anti-Government Protests Last Year

Egypt’s foreign ministry said Ethiopia has released three Egyptian nationals detained for months during a recent wave of violent protests that left hundreds dead in the East African country.

The foreign ministry secured the three men’s release after a month-long effort, the ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday. The nationals departed Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa for Cairo Wednesday night. They were not charged with any wrongdoing, the ministry added.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled to Addis Ababa in November to discuss the release of the men with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

In October, Ethiopia blamed “elements” from Eritrea and Egypt for stoking an unprecedented wave of protests against the Ethiopian government over land grabs and human rights abuses that led the government to declare a six-month state of emergency.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi denied the accusations of Egyptian involvement.

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Source: Ahram Online

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