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Foreign Secretary concerned over detention of Andargachew Tsege

Foreign Secretary expresses deep concern over detention of British national Andargachew Tsege in Ethiopia.

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On 24 June, the Foreign Secretary discussed the continued detention of British national Andargachew Tsege with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Following the call the Foreign Secretary said:

I am deeply concerned that, a year after he was first detained, British national Andargachew Tsege remains in solitary confinement in Ethiopia without a legal process to challenge his detention. I am also concerned for his welfare and disappointed that our repeated requests for regular consular access have not been granted, despite promises made.

I spoke to Foreign Minister Tedros this afternoon and made clear that Ethiopia’s failure to grant our repeated and basic requests is not acceptable. I informed Dr Tedros that the lack of progress risks undermining the UK’s much valued bilateral relationship with Ethiopia.

I asked Dr Tedros once again to permit immediate regular consular access and for our concerns regarding Mr Tsege’s welfare to be addressed. I have also asked that the Ethiopian authorities facilitate a visit by Mr Tsege’s family. Foreign Office officials will continue to provide consular support both to Mr Tsege and to his family during this difficult time.

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Published 25 June 2015