Premier Receives Italian vice Foreign Minister

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held talks with Italy’s Vice Foreign Minister Emanuela C. Del Re on Thursday.

The vice minister is in Addis Abeba leading a delegation that will look into the Axum obelisks restoration work. Italy has already made a decision to support the restoration work of Aksum obelisks.

The decision is a result of several discussions between the two nations’ officials, including a meeting between PM Abiy and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte at the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in China.

“Ms. Del Re is currently in Ethiopia as part of a delegation that will visit the Axum obelisks to elaborate on strategies related to restoration works,” said the PM office in a statement on Thursday.

During her meeting with Abiy, the vice minister conveyed Italy’s continued support to Ethiopia in various areas.

The delegation she is leading will also be determining support to build the “technical and human capacity of Ethiopia in its readiness to effectively respond to natural disasters”, added the statement.

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