Dimitri Soudas, Canadian Prime Minister's director of communications, said Ethiopia was invited to attend the g20 summit because of its regional and continental influence, the Globe and Mail reported. The Globe and Mail further said, Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most-populous country. The United States and Europe each pour $1-billion (U.S.) in aid a year into Ethiopia, and Ethiopia remains a Canadian aid priority, despite the government’s reputation for thugishness toward opponents and journalists.One reason is that the nation is so poor and its citizens’ situation so precarious. Another is that an unstable Ethiopia would further destabilize the Horn of Africa, which is perpetually troubled by war and civil strife. Although Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest Christian nations, a third of the population is Muslim, and instability could also turn the country and the region into a petri dish for the growth of al-Qaeda and other forms of Islamist extremism.