Presently, Ethio-US relationship is based on the principle of mutual cooperation and partnership in various areas particularly trade and investment.
President Dr. Mulatu Teshome received US Baptist Church Convention delegation comprising five members at the National Palace here yesterday. The delegation assured the President that US is keen to strengthen people-to-people ties. In addition to ways of strengthening public diplomacy, the President also told the delegation about the favorable investment climate in the country and called for church followers to take advantage of existing opportunities.
Two decades back, Ethiopia's relations with US was limited to aid. But presently, their relationship is based on the principle of mutual cooperation and partnership in various areas particularly trade and investment, the President said.
US Southern Baptist Church Convention President and delegation head Dr. Ronnie Floyd said the objective of the visit is mainly to gain lesson from religious values in Ethiopia, the importance of natural marriage and family in a bid to strengthen relations between the two countries in various fields. "The delegation appreciates the freedom of worship which treats all religions equally," he added.
Foreign Ministry Americas Director General Ambassador Tebeje Berhe also said that the visit of the church representatives could contribute to the development of business diplomacy between Ethiopia and the US. "The delegation will attend the celebration of Ethiopian Epiphany aimed at sharing of good values to the world and strengthening public diplomacy as well."
The Southern Baptist Church Convention is the largest church in the US having over 50,000 churches.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."