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President Aoun pledges to protect rights of Ethiopian workers


President Michel Aoun pledged to safeguard the rights of migrant workers from the Ethiopian nationality according to prevailing laws and has to this end instructed parties concerned to settle the status of illegal Ethiopian nationals who wish to stay or leave the country. Aoun’s statement came in response to a letter he received from the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, delivered to him through the Special Envoy of the Ethiopian Presidency, Mahmud Direr Ghadi, on conditions of Ethiopian nationals working in Lebanon without legal papers. In a related development, a delegation of representatives of the Ethiopian foreign and labor ministries led by Direr has visited the labor ministry and met with heads of involved departments in the presence of the Ethipian Ambassador to Lebanon. The two sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and regulate the work of the Ethiopian labor force in the country, and disclosed that a special delegation from the African state will visit Lebanon soon to step up the signing of a memorandum of understanding on restricting illegal emigration. (Al Diyar, April 19, 2017)

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