Abiy Meets President of Equatorial Guinea

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the visiting President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, in his office to discuss bilateral issues on Wednesday, his office said.

The president is in Ethiopia on an official state visit since Monday. Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea have enjoyed diplomatic relations spanning several years.

PM Office said the two leaders discussed key bilateral points of mutual interest, as well as regional peace, in addition to issues related to refugees, as the global community observes World Refugee Day today.

They also planted seedlings in the compound of the Prime Minister Office. President Nguema also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to make an official visit to Equatorial Guinea.

While in Ethiopia, the president visited Tsore Refugee Camp in the Benishangul-Gumuz region.

The President, after the visit, said he will continue exerting efforts in search of durable solutions against situations that can lead to forced displacement on Africa.

“My presence in this refugee camp further reinforces my conviction that we must find together against the root cause of the increase in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa,” he underlined.

Ethiopia has adopted a law granting refugees the right to work and live outside the camps, and the AU has lauded it as a step toward improving their dignity and reducing their dependence on international aid.