The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is located in the north-eastern part of Africa commonly known as the Horn of Africa. It is strategically proximate to the Middle East and Europe, together with its easy access to the major ports of the region, enhances its international trade. It is bordered by the Sudan in the west, Somalia and Djibouti in the east, Eritrea in the north and Kenya in the south. The country covers 1,112,000 square kilometres (472,000 sq. miles) making it roughly as large as France and Spain combined and is five times the size of the UK.
Since 1902, the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington, D.C., has strengthened ties between Ethiopia and the United States. The Embassy carries out government-to-government and people-to-people diplomacy, and serves as a vital resource for Ethiopians in the United States and the Ethiopian-American community. In addition, the Embassy promotes Ethiopian culture and encourages trade and investment in Ethiopia.
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