ADDIS ABEBA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen together with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India has inaugurated the newly constructed Ethiopian embassy and chancery building in New Delhi.
In addressing the audience, Demeke noted the long stretching people-to-people, trade, and investment relationship between the two countries that was further entrenched with the formal diplomatic relations since 1948.
He commended the high-level relationship that exists between the two countries which is manifested through expanding engagements in investment, trade, capacity building, and education sectors.
The Minister also thanked the Minister of External Affairs of India, the mayor’s office of New Delhi, the current and former ambassadors of Ethiopia, and pertinent offices in the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Ethiopia as well as all of the bodies that have contributed to the construction of the building.
Jaishankar, on his part, appreciated the ever-growing multifaceted relations of the two countries, citing investment and education in particular.
He said, more than 600 Indian companies are investing in Ethiopia with about five billion US dollars investment capital and creating employment opportunities for more than 75 thousand Ethiopians.
Regarding relations in the educational sector, he said there are currently 2 thousand Indian teachers in Ethiopia while the number of Ethiopian students in India is one of the largest among African students in the country.
He expressed his hope that the strong bilateral relationship would be reflected in multilateral levels too.
Demeke, who is also Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is currently on an official visit in India.
The minister and his delegation are scheduled to hold official discussions before his departure on Friday.
On Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister urged Indian businesses to invest in Ethiopia during Ethiopia-India business forum.