Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia, Italy Hold Talks over Bilateral Issues

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has held talks with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio in Rome where he emphasized Ethiopia’s commitment to further bolster the historical relationship between the two nations.

The dialogue at the Ministerial level was aimed at jointly review bilateral and multilateral alliances and to consult on ways to further strengthen the cooperation between Ethiopia and Italy.

During the discussion, Gedu urged Maio to support the implementation of bilateral and continental cooperation agreements signed on between the two countries during the high-level official visits in the past year.

Ethiopia’s Prime minister Abiy Ahmed visited Rome last October while Italy’s President and Prime Minister made similar trips to Addis Ababa on different occasions.

Foreign minister Gedu also expressed his country’s appreciation to Italy’s support to Homegrown Economic Reform in the east African nation and invited Italian companies to exploit the opportunity.

The Foreign Minister of Italy Maio on his part reiterated his country’s determination to support the reform.

Engaging in economic opportunities in Ethiopia and helping youth entrepreneurship programs is a key step in preventing illegal migration, Luigi Di underscored.

Maio also hailed Ethiopia’s important role in bringing peace to the Horn of Africa, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of forming affairs.

Foreign minister Gedu headed to Italy on Wednesday after his country chose to skip the US-mediated discussion over the renaissance dam with Egypt and Sudan.

Gedu briefed Maio about Ethiopia’s stances on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Addis Ababa is building on the Nile river.

Ethiopia will skip the talks in Washington, DC on Thursday and Friday “because the country’s delegation hasn’t concluded its consultation with relevant stakeholders”, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy announced in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday.