Ethiopia FM Holds Talks with U.S. Secretary over Regional Security

ADDIS ABEBA – Foreign minister Gedu Andargachew has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo over security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S. Fitsum Araga, after the in Washington DC, said the discussion was focused on issues related to peace and security in the region.

The latest meeting took place a week after Ethiopian Defense Minister Lemma Megersa held several discussions with military officials in Pentagon.

Regarding Pompeo’s meeting with Gedu, Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson of U.S. State Department, said the two officials held their discussion today in Washington.

“Pompeo reiterated U.S. support for Ethiopia’s political and economic reforms,” Ortagus said.

The spokesperson also said Gedu and Pompeo “discussed Ethiopia’s important role in ensuring peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa and in achieving durable solutions to regional issues”.

U.S. diplomat in Addis Ababa claims cooperation activities between Ethiopia’s National Defense Force and the U.S. military quadrupled over the past year, with training and equipment support strategically focused on building capabilities and collaboration.

US officials say this aims to further strengthen the ENDF’s ability to export security – and therefore peace and opportunity – to the region.

Ethiopia has the third-largest military in Africa and is the world’s largest contributor to United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Secretary Pompeo also sent his congratulation to the Noble Laureate Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.