Abiy, Pompeo Speak about COVID-19 Response by phone

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and U.S.’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke about Africa’s response to coronavirus pandemic.

“Good call with Pompeo on collaborating for effective #COVID19 mitigation,” Prime Minister Abiy wrote on his Twitter page late Monday.

The prime minister said, “Food security will be a key challenge for sub-Saharan #Africa as the continent grapples with the economic impact of the virus”.

“We discussed on applying collective leadership to minimize adverse effects” of the virus,” Abiy added.

During the discussion, Pompeo expressed his appreciation for Ethiopian Airlines’ support returning Americans Home after the pandemic forced several airlines to suspend their flight services. 

“Grateful for our relationship as we work together to combat the ongoing public health emergency and address complex regional issues,” Pompeo said on Twitter after the discussion.

All except three African nations have reported the noble coronavirus cases to date.

The virus has infected over 15, 200 people in the continent, with a death toll of 816 as well as close to 2, 900 recoveries, according to the regional Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) report today.

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