It looks like Ethiopia and Turkey will be exchanging embassies this fiscal year. Ethiopia has secured 3,000sqm of land from the Turkish government in central Ankara and is set to begin construction soon, according to Ayalew Gobeze, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Turkey, when he spoke to Ethiopian journalists.
Recently Turkey received 7,000sqm of land from Ethiopia to build its embassy around Bole. Since their plot of land is 4,000sqm more than what Ethiopia secured in Ankara, Turkey’s government paid Ethiopia USD three million, Ambassador Ayalew said.
According to Ambassador Ayalew, the project is in the design stages and construction will begin before the fiscal year ends.
“A Turkish consultancy firm is undertaking the design work, and the engineering department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely following this up. The building is expected to include Ethiopian features,” he said.
Even though the two countries have held diplomatic relations for over 100 years neither had an embassy in their respective capitals.
Turkey currently is the largest foreign direct investor in Ethiopia. Recently the Turkish government approved a record USD 300 million loan via the EXIM Bank of Turkey to construct a railway connecting Awash to Hara Gebeya.