Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali has been honoured with the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa medal, Uganda’s highest accolade given to a head of state at a special National Heroes Day by president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The award is in recognition of Abiy’s immense contribution to the independence struggle of Africa.
250 other heroes were also awarded medals in appreciation for their contribution to peace and dignity in the country.
The only other African leader to be conferred this honour is Equatorial Guinea president, Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo.
Our relationship is build on a strong foundation of understanding and mutual respect not to interfere with each others internal affairs – H.E. Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali#HeroesDayUG #PMLive Updates. pic.twitter.com/lRTF8tmutT
— Urban Television (@UrbanTVUganda) June 9, 2018
Addressing crowds gathered for the occasion, Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali noted “Our relationship is built on a strong foundation of understanding and mutual respect not to interfere with each others internal affairs.”
Abiy, 41, in April replaced Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia’s prime minister.
The former intelligence officer has undertaken wide ranging measures including replacing the Ethiopia’s army chief and improving relations with Eritrea.
Between 600 and 1,000 medals are given out annually to recognise contributions to the betterment of Uganda.