At the Ethiopian Summer Palace at Debre Zeit on Sunday (November 1), Emperor Haile Selassie received two foreign delegations and was presented with decorations and commemorative gifts.
At the Ethiopian Summer Palace at Debre Zeit on Sunday (November 1), Emperor Haile Selassie received two foreign delegations and was presented with decorations and commemorative gifts. First to arrive was Rome's Mayor Clelio Darida and Signora Darida. Later the Emperor received Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece.
The Roman Mayor, who had arrived the previous day for a five-day visit, presented the Emperor with a gold plaque commemorating the Centenary of the City of Rome. He also gave the Emperor a book on the Italian capital prepared by the Banco di Roma.
The meeting was particularly significative in view of the fact that Emperor Haile Selassie will himself be paying a four-day State visit to Italy commencing next Friday, November 6.
Later, the Summer Palace - which is 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Addis Ababa - was the scene of the meeting between the Emperor and Archbishop Ieronymos. During this visit, the Greek Primate decorated Emperor Haile Selassie with the Sash and Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Paul - a decoration so recently instituted by the Church of Greece that the Ethiopian Emperor is the first person to receive it. The primate declared that it was being presented in recognition of the Emperor's important role in humanitarian activities and the promotion of the Christian faith and welfare the world over.
The following day, Monday (November 2), both Mayor Darida and Archbishop Ieronymos were among the many guests who have travelled to Addis Ababa to celebrate the Lion of Judah's 40th year as Ethiopian Head of State.