Ethiopia Working on Further Bolstering Bilateral, Multilateral Engagements: Spokesperson

The government of Ethiopia has been continuously working on further bolstering the country’s bilateral and multilateral engagements, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem said.

The Spokesperson made the remark today during his bi-weekly press briefing of the Ministry to local and Addis-based international media agencies.

In his press briefing, Ambassador Meles highlighted the recent visits by South Sudanese President, World Bank President, Foreign Ministers of Japan and South Korea.

He reiterated Ethiopia’s incessant efforts to further bolster the country's longstanding, multifaceted ties in bilateral and multilateral venues.

The Spokesperson noted, the recent visit by President Salva Kiir Mayardit to Ethiopia is aimed at elevating Ethio-South Sudanese relations to a higher level in bilateral, regional and multilateral settings and the two countries are working closely to realize this aspiration.

Investment and infrastructural linkages based on a solid people-to-people tie is one of the priority areas of cooperation, the Spokesperson added.

Recalling World Bank President Ajay Banga’s official visit, he said that the Ethiopian Government is working closely with the global financial body to further expedite financial support to development projects in the country.

Speaking of official visits by Japanese and South Korean Foreign Ministers, Hayashi Yoshimasa and Park Jin, respectively, Ambassador Meles stressed Ethiopia’s continued commitment to boost its relations with the East Asian nations, especially in the areas of trade, investment, capacity development as well as experience sharing in scientific and technological innovations.

Ethiopia-South Korea diplomatic relations turned 60 years and the latter’s pledge to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of the Government in conflict-affected regions is commendable, the Spokesperson mentioned.

The visits have enabled Ethiopia to carry out effective diplomatic activities with a view to further strengthening multilateral and bilateral cooperation, ambassador Meles stated.

The visiting high ranking officials have discussed with the leaders of Ethiopian government including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen on various issues of common interest.

They have also agreed to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation with Ethiopia, it was learned.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency