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Prince Ermias Urges a Commitment to Unity
2013/2021

From the President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia,

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie,

as the Nation Prepares for Elections and the Challenges of the

International and Domestic Communities

June 18, 2021

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, said he wished to profoundly thank the thousands of wellwishers who had sent him heartfelt greetings for his 61st birthday on June 14, 2021 / 11 ሰኔ 2013. But he asked that he be permitted to re-direct that outpouring of goodwill to the people of Ethiopia as they prepare to do their duty on June 21, 2021 to vote in national elections, even as the nation suffered from drought, the tragedy of communal fighting, and grave international pressures.

“We have endured so much in Ethiopia since the coup which occurred 47 years ago, and we cannot afford to allow our beloved Ethiopian family to fall into even worse suffering and ignominy at this time,” the Prince said. “We must, once and for all, come back together because there is no other way for us to rebuild the greatness of purpose which has guided us for more than three millennia.”

“Please rest assured that the Crown Council has never, and will never, cease to work to ease the sufferings of Ethiopians, and to ensure that the international community recognises the importance and historical dignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. I have been working even more intensely of late at the highest levels around the world to attempt to have Ethiopia’s case heard, meeting in the past month with His Holiness Pope Francis I in the Vatican, and with planned meetings with Orthodox Christian leaders in the near future.”

“We have offered all our services to help resolve the disputes over the future management of our great Nile River which Ethiopians truly see as a resource for humanity over which they have been given great responsibility. This is, in fact, an issue which can see as the cornerstone of a Grand Bargain, worthy of an Emperor Haile Selassie or an Anwar as-Sadat, to bring prosperity to our entire region.”

Prince Ermias added: “I have been blessed with good health at this time of my life so that I can lend all my energies to helping to heal the great wounds inflicted on our beloved Ethiopian family this past half-century, and to ensure that our decades of isolation may never be seen by foreign powers or domestic dissidents as a sign that we are today weakened and in dis-unity. We are, in fact, in a time of great hope that Ethiopia’s greatness is returning: a greatness underpinned by fairness, equality, and pride in the unique nature of all Ethiopians.”

“My fellow Ethiopians: we have much to do; we have a right to feel great hope. We are Ethiopian and proud of our great history. God Bless You. God Bless Ethiopia.”

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THINGS HIDDEN
Film Series:
HIH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie Responds to the Ethiopian Civil War
May 20, 2021
by Surit Dasgupta

David Gornoski meets with the President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie starts the discussion by commenting on the civil unrest that is currently brewing in Ethiopia and what lies at the heart of the conflict. He also comments on Ethiopia’s vanishing Christian heritage; the end of the Solomonic dynasty; the Prince’s last memories of Emperor Haile Selassie; challenges faced by modern-day Africa; the resurgence of Identity Politics in America; Black Lives Matter and African folk religion; and more.


Click above photo for a direct link to the website of A NEIGHBOR'S CHOICE for the interview


HIH Prince Ermias Meets With HH the Pope

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie,

President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, met on May 20, 2021, in Rome with

His Holiness Pope Francis I.

The subject of their talks has not yet been disclosed but was understood to focus on

charitable activities in Ethiopia. The photograph shows their initial meeting.

May 20, 2021

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Further Details Released on
Meeting Between HH Pope Francis I
and HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

 

From The Crown Council of Ethiopia

May 28, 2021

The Crown Council of Ethiopia has released additional information about the important meeting held at the Vatican on May 20, 2021 between His Holiness Pope Francis I and His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia.

HIH Prince Ermias met with HH Pope Francis in Rome to discuss their commitment to launching a new charitable initiative in Ethiopia through the Pope’s foundation: Scholas Occurrentes, and PVBLIC Foundation. The initiative will concentrate on transforming education for children in Ethiopian communities. The Pope and the Prince discussed the history and heritage of Ethiopia as well as Christianity in the country.

Prince Ermias also made a visit within the Vatican to the Pontifical Ethiopian College (photo above), which was founded in 1919.

These important meetings laid the foundation for further discussions, to be held later in 2021, to progress the charitable initiative.

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Victory Day Statement
2013/2021

From the President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia,

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

May 6, 2021

 

Religious Leaders, Members of the Ethiopian Government, Ethiopian Patriots and the People of Ethiopia:

It gives me heartfelt pleasure to celebrate Ethiopia’s 80th Victory Day Anniversary. Ethiopia’s victory over invading fascist Italian forces eighty years ago could not have been possible without the sacrifices paid by our gallant Patriots and the diplomatic struggle waged by my grandfather, Emperor Haile Selassie I, to liberate Ethiopia on the international stage. We celebrate this day and pay tribute to our ancestors for the sacrifices they made to assure the territorial integrity, independence, and unity of our people.

Every year, The Crown Council of Ethiopia celebrates Victory Day and commemorates our Patriots. What makes this year’s celebration different for the Crown Council is our ability to celebrate Victory Day with our beloved people in Ethiopia and in other parts of the world through the use of modern technology.

There are many lessons we can learn from our history. We should always remember and be cognizant of the fact that our mothers and fathers galvanized under one national flag and sacrificed their sacred lives to ensure that our people would live in peace, love, freedom, dignity, and honour.Our ancestors relished in victory because they did not divide along ethnic or religious lines. If we are to properly celebrate Victory Day, and follow in the footsteps of our mothers and fathers, then we must commit to living in harmony, respecting and loving one another.

I thank the organizers on behalf of our Crown Council for their wisdom and foresight in using this very important holiday to bring us together to celebrate in unity.

Happy 80th Victory Day!

May God bless and protect Ethiopia and her people!

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The Passing of a Great Friend of Ethiopia
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

A Statement from the Crown Council of Ethiopia by its President,

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

April 9, 2021

The Ethiopian People lost a great friend with the passing on April 9, 2021, of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We deeply mourn his departure and honour his great achievements while extending deepest sympathies to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, for the loss of her beloved husband.

We share with the entire Royal Family and the Commonwealth the grief at the loss of the Queen Elizabeth’s consort, and we mourn the passing of a great friend of Ethiopia in Prince Philip. Among other things, he fought to protect the wildlife of our country.

But we remember him, as well, as a great figure who saw heroic service in World War II, and subsequently, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, built a great friendship with Ethiopia and with Emperor Haile Selassie I. We may think of Prince Philip par-ticularly in light of the fact that he bridged the period of the great World War II alliance of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with Ethiopia, bringing about the first Allied Victory of that war. The Victory of the Battle of Gondar in November 1941 saw Axis forces driven for the first time from foreign lands they had occupied illegally.

I was privileged to have met on occasion with HRH Prince Philip, and valued his counsel.

God Bless the memory of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and may we always think of him as a great friend of Ethiopia. God Bless, at this particular time, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her family, and the People of the great Commonwealth who Prince Philip served. And God Bless Ethiopia.

The photograph at left shows His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I greeting His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Visit to Ethiopia in 1965. Prince Philip is seen wearing the Grand Cross of the Order of the Queen of Sheba, while Her Majesty, in the background, is shown wearing Ethiopia’s premier honour, bestowed on regnant sovereigns, the Collar of the Order of Solomon; The photograph at right shows HRH Prince Philip in conversation with His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie and Ethiopian Crown Council Strategic Advisor Gregory Copley (center), in Barbados..

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Ethiopian Crown Council President
Addresses the Importance of the
125th Anniversary of the Victory of Adwa

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, on March 28, 2021, addressed the global Ethiopian audience on the importance of the 125th Anniversary Year of the Victory of Adwa. He was speaking in an interview on the Australian Amharic-language network, SBS, with interviewer Girazmach Kassahun Negewo. The full broadcast can be heard by clicking:

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/amharic/audio/interview-with-prince-ermias-sahle-selassie-haile-selassie


Interview of HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia

October 14, 2020

 

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