Visit of Mrs. Rama Yade
Mrs. Rama Yade, state secretary in charge of foreign affairs and human rights, came to Ethiopia on April 10th and 11th, 2009 for a visit mainly focused around the question of women’s rights and international adoption.
The state secretary met with prime minister Meles Zenawi on the situation of democracy and human right situation in Ethiopia and also on stability in the Horn of Africa.
In Addis Ababa, headquarters of the African Union, the state secretary also met with Jean Ping, president of the AU Commission. They discussed the issue of human rights, the fight against the impunity, and matters related to peace and security in Africa.
Rama Yade visited various institutions and NGOs working on belhalf of women, particularly the Hamlin hospital, a reference in all Africa for the treatment of fistula, and an educational center for street girls. The state secretary also underlined the French position on international adoption in Ethiopia, second country of origin from where children were adopted to France in 2008.
She discussed with the Ethiopian authorities the ways and means of further strenghtening French cooperation under the protection of children without family and technical assistance within the framework of the the Hague conference on private international law.
Interview given by Rama Yade to the French daily « Aujourd’hui en France » (Paris, April 14th, 2009)
“It is the second country where the French adopt, so it was important for me to come here and see how associations work. Do they respect the procedures, the ethical rules laid down under the the Hague convention ? It was very important to show that, even though there are a lot of orphaned children in Ethiopia and that there is a strong need for adoption by the French, things shouldn’t be done under any condition whatsoever.”
Meeting of Mrs. Rama Yade, State secretary for foreign Affairs and Human Rights, with Mr. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ethiopia Meeting of Mrs. Rama Yade, State secretary of foreign Affairs and Human Rights, with Mr. Jean Ping, President of the African Union Comission (Addis Ababa, April 10th, 2009) Visit of The French President on January 30th, 2011 Welcome at airport by the deputy prime minister handshake with Mr. Meles at the AU Summit