Andargachew Tsege

Department for International Development written question – answered on 3rd July 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she discussed the case of Andargachew Tsege with the Foreign Secretary prior to the announcement of a £30 million aid package for Ethiopia.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she discussed the case of Andargachew Tsege with her Ethiopian counterparts prior to the announcement of a £30 million aid package for that country.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she raised the case of Andargachew Tsege during her recent visit to Ethiopia.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Secretary of State for International Development regularly meets with the Foreign Secretary and has been briefed by him on Andargachew Tsege’s consular case. The case was discussed with Ethiopian counterparts during the visits of both the Secretary of State and the Foreign Secretary to Ethiopia earlier this year. In addition, the Prime Minister raised Mr Tsege’s case with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 11 May.

The UK’s recently announced support for the drought in Ethiopia will provide emergency food support for 1.5 million people, life-saving nutritional support to more than 154,000 starving children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, safe drinking water for 100,000 people and livestock support for 500,000 people.

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