Abiy, Pompeo Discusses Reform in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is on an official visit to Ethiopia.

The visit focuses on security, investment and negotiation between Ethiopia with U.S. ally Egypt on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Abiy welcomed Pompeo and his wife on their arrival, and that followed by a discussion.

The two sides “discussed strengthening of the relationships between Ethiopia and the United States, continued areas of cooperation, regional matters, as well as the reform in Ethiopia,” according to the Prime minister office.

The PM also says an agreement has been reached “to strengthen the reform to which the US Government plans to provide substantial financial support”.

Ethiopia has embarked on far-reaching political and economic reforms since Abiy came to power in 2018 and plans to hold general elections this year.

The U.S. has already donated $37 million to support preparations for the elections.

Pompeo is on the second leg of a tour that has already taken him to Germany, Senegal and Angola. His visit comes as some African governments are questioning U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to their continent.