Ethiopia and Israeli Agree to Boost Bilateral Ties                            

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, presided over signing of a five point joint declaration that aims to boost the relationship between the two nations.

Abiy has started today his two day official visit to Israel where he was welcomed in an official ceremony by Prime Minister at his office in Jerusalem.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Abiy recounted the long standing and historical relations between the two countries as the basis for strengthening further engagements through investments in agriculture, irrigation, ICT and other sectors.

“I’m here to express my readiness to reinvigorate our relationship. We need to build it on common interests,” Abiy said during his meeting with Netanyahu, before presiding over the singing of the declaration. .

The declaration focuses on five topics, says the prime minister office of Ethiopia.

The parties have agreed to further strengthen the bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries in accordance with the respective laws and regulations of the two countries, and agreement signed between them.

The two also have agreed to further strengthen their cooperation to implement the agreements signed at various levels in the areas of agriculture, water, irrigation, health and science and technology.

The government of the two nations will also examine the possibilities of concluding additional agreement(s) in other fields of cooperation, including cyber security, telecommunication and space science and technology.

“The parties will explore the establishment of additional mechanisms, as appropriate, to monitor the implication of agreements and provide solutions to problems that may arise in the implementation of these agreements,” the office says.

The declaration also says the parties will encourage review and follow up of the implementation of agreements between the two countries.

Before meeting Netanyahu, Prime Minister and his delegation visited the Holocaust History Museum and the Remembrance Hall. Abiy is also expected to meet with President Reuven Rivlin and tour the National Cyber Directorate in the course of his visit.