African leaders and institutions congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
PM Abiy, the first Ethiopian to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, was recognised for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and especially for his initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
@PMEthiopia I hereby join the rest of Africa and the world at large in celebrating with the great people of Ethiopia and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Award. The Government & People of Liberia extend warmest felicitations for this noble feat. pic.twitter.com/vbZqyfUuJK
— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) October 11, 2019
The chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC) said PM Abiy’s peacemaking efforts had given the world hope at a trying time.
It is with great pride that I congratulate Ethiopian PM @AbiyAhmedAli on being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his historic peacebuiding efforts that have given the world hope at a time it needs servant leadership more than ever. pic.twitter.com/9I17iAZ4ch
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) October 11, 2019
PM Abiy also recently initiated efforts to improve relations between Kenya and Somalia over their maritime border dispute. Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo also sent his congratulatory message.
Congratulations PM Abiy. pic.twitter.com/yc62ogKYYq
— Mohamed Farmaajo (@M_Farmaajo) October 11, 2019
I would like to congratulate my brother & Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed @PMEthiopia, for winning the @NobelPrize for peace.
This is a victory for Political Reforms, Peace & for all the progressive leaders on the African continent. At 43 years of age, you have prevailed! pic.twitter.com/dYXv4sX1aZ
— nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) October 11, 2019
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that PM Abiy was one of the reasons that he often said “winds of hope are blowing ever stronger across Africa”.
“This milestone has opened up new opportunities for the region to enjoy security and stability, and Prime Minister Ahmed’s leadership has set a wonderful example for others in and beyond Africa looking to overcome resistance from the past and put people first,” Guterres said in a statement.
Countries outside Africa, the United Nations’ specialised agencies and other global leaders also congratulated the Ethiopian leader.
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) October 11, 2019
Wonderful that @AbiyAhmedAli was awarded the #NobelPeacePrize – a well deserved recognition for his efforts to bring peace to his region and beyond. We at UNHCR are proud to count him among the conveners of the upcoming Global Refugee Forum. Congratulations to him and Ethiopia! pic.twitter.com/DzcOaNiAwF
— Filippo Grandi (@RefugeesChief) October 11, 2019
Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas on the #NobelPeacePrize: Congratulations, @AbiyAhmedAli! Your courage and vision set an example and function as a role model far beyond Africa. We celebrate this honor with you and the Ethiopian people.#NobelPeacePrize2019 pic.twitter.com/Fh34CL099b
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) October 11, 2019
Congratulations to my dear friend @AbiyAhmedAli on this #NobelPeacePrize! A prize to courage and hope. A prize to a great man and to a great Continent. An example for all those that stubbornly build peace though dialogue and not arms
— Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) October 11, 2019
Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins #NobelPeacePrize 2019. Good choice, both for peace efforts with Eritrea & important improvements in Ethiopia itself, where the government released thousands of political prisoners & committed to other reforms. Read more: https://t.co/m3YsyapNsr pic.twitter.com/YNH08H0Ksa
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) October 11, 2019