Selected Speeches Of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I


Your Excellency, Madame Broz,

It gives Us great pleasure to receive You here today as guests of Ourself and the Empress.

We are also very pleased to have among Us today Madame Broz, who had not been to Our country during Your Excellency's first visit to Ethiopia.

Our visit to Yugoslavia and this Your Excellency's Se­cond visit to Ethiopia has indeed strengthened the bond of friendship that exists between our two countries. And this friendship has so vividly manifested itself during the last four years in the close co-operation between the two coun­tries in political, economic and social fields. In the political aspect, our co-operation and exchange of ideas on the main issues that had arisen in the world at large during the last four years, has resulted in contributing to the preservation of peace. The great insight that is displayed in the various messages Your Excellency has sent Us has genuinely convin­ced Us of the assiduity with which Your Excellency watches world affairs.

In the technical and economic aspects, Yugoslavia has sent to Ethiopia, in response to Our request, top class experts whose co-operation with Our experts has shown marvellous results, which has so concretely reaffirmed Our belief in the friendship between our two countries. Similarly, in the field of medicine, in economic planning, in the construction of the Port of Assab, in general in many aspects of technical assis­tance and co-operation Yugoslav experts are zealously help­ing Our country. And all this is but a true mark of the pro­found understanding that exists between the two countries.

Your Excellency, the World notes with admiration the remarkably tireless leadership with which Your Excellency guides the destiny of Your people both in war and peace. The long journey which Your Excellency has just undertaken in visiting several countries, undoubtedly contributes a great deal towards creating healthy relations and understanding between peoples, promotes peaceful co-existence and spreads goodwill and international co-operation. Furthermore, this Your Second Visit to Ethiopia will no doubt consolidate the close co-operation and understanding that exists between our two countries. And Your Excellency's indefatigable efforts will, We know, perpetuate this great friendship....

* The published edition does not record a date for this speech. - Ed.

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January 11, 2017