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