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Does the image show Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's visit to North Korea?

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Naol GetachewAugust 26, 2021
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Does the image show Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's visit to North Korea?

A Facebook page with over 106,878 followers posted photos on August 25 2021 in Amharic text saying, “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to North Korea for two days of working visit”.  

The post has been shared more than 730 times up until this article is published. HaqCheck looked into the post and has rated it as FALSE.

A week ago, on Aug 18 2021 PM Abiy Ahmed and his delegation travelled to Turkey for a one-day working visit, meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It could be learned that they discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest and concluded military agreements.

HaqCheck looked into the images posted by the page. A reverse image search of the picture shows that the image was first posted by the Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia, when PM Abiy Ahmed arrived in Seoul, South Korea for a two day state visit to meet with President Moon Jae exactly on this day, 2 years ago, on Aug 25, 2019.

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Image: the images were taken when PM Abiy Ahmed visit South Korea on 2019

To the contrary, Prime Minister Abiy welcomed Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan in Addis Ababa, on Aug 26, 2021.

Until the time this article is published there is no official announcement from the government regarding the prime minister's travel to North Korea.

HaqCheck has attested that the image doesn’t show a North Korean visit of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, rendering the post FALSE, attributed to the inaccuracy of the image. 

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A PIECE BYNaol Getachew

Naol is a Journalist, who works as a fact-checker at HaqCheck, Addis Zeybe & its CSO partner Inform Africa. He is a graduate of French Literature and International Skills from Addis Ababa University.