PM Abiy Hold Talks with South Korea, Finnish FMs  

  •  South Korea invites Abiy to Visit Seoul

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held talks with foreign ministers of South Korea and Finland on Wednesday morning in Addis Abeba.

The PM first met Finnish FM Pekka Haavisto and discussed Ethiopia’s role in regional peace and security in the East African region.

European Union sent Haavisto, who was a former EU Special Representative for Sudan and Darfur, to East Africa to convey the EU’s support for the transition agreement signed in Sudan last week.

Sudan’s military leadership and the country’s pro-democracy movement have agreed to form a rotating, joint sovereign council that will govern for the next three years. Ethiopia and the African Union mediated the talks between the two sides that led to Thursday’s agreement.

At the meeting in Addis Abeba on Wednesday, PM Abiy and Haavisto discussed the “role of Ethiopia in bringing regional peace and stability, particularly in Sudan”, said the PM office in a brief statement.

The two officials have also discussed “bilateral issues” between Finland and Ethiopia, said the office, without delving into what these issues are.

Abiy may visit Seoul

A few hours after his meeting with the EU’s delegation, the premier also met with the visiting Foreign Minister of South Korea, Kang Kyung-wha, at his office in Arat Kilo.

The PM office said the two parties discussed the long-standing relations between Addis Abeba and Seoul.

This includes South Korea’s support in modernizing Ethiopia’s taxation and customs system as well as the provision of support for education.

After the meeting, the Prime Minister Office said Kyung-wha extended an official invitation on behalf of the South Korean government for Abiy to visit Seoul.