Ethiopia celebrates the 11th Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day

(EBC; December 8, 2016)- The 11th Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and People's Day is colorfully marked in Harari State, Harar town.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the occasion said the day manifests the unity and tolerance of the Nations, Nationalities and People's of Ethiopia.

He also said Ethiopia is the country of diverse ethnicities, cultures, languages, and ancient civilizations, and the people of Ethiopia need to preserve these diversities.

"Ethiopia is on the fast economic track, and we have to enhance this fast economic growth with the active participation of the People of Ethiopia", he added.

The Speaker of the House of Federation Yalew Abate for his part said Harar is the symbol of love and tolerance, and it is inscribed in UNESCO as the town of peace.

The President of the Harari State Murad Abdullahi said the day contributes for the people of Ethiopia to strengthen their unity and tolerance.

He also said the infrastructures developed in the town for the purpose of the day will help to make the Harar town to be the centre of tourism and trade.

Leaders of foreign countries present at the celebration included President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, President Ismail Omar Guelleh Djibouti and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia.

Representatives of Nations, Nationalities and People's of Ethiopia also attended the event.

The day is celebrated under the theme "Our Constitution for Our Democratic Unity and Renaissance!"