Finance Minister Ahmed Meets EU Commissioners in Brussels

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Finance Minister Ahmed Shide held discussion with two European commissioners on various developments in the East African nation including the 2021 Elections.

Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, and Janez Lenarcic, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, had “a fruitful exchange of views” with the minister, according to the Ministry of foreign affairs.

Ahmed briefed the Commissioners about overall developments in Ethiopia including the upcoming national election.

He further explained concrete steps being taken with regard to the provision of Humanitarian Assistance and the investigation of Human Rights violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

The two sides also exchanged views on the current status of the Ethio-Sudan border, the GERD negotiations as well as issues concerning Ethiopia-EU development cooperation.

During the discussion, the EU side recognized and hoped for the continuance of the positive developments registered in allowing unfettered access and the commencement of investigation to bring to justice perpetrators for alleged crimes of human rights violations in the Tigray, according to the ministry.

The EU officials further noted that the EU highly values its strategic partnership with Ethiopia and its key role in the Horn of Africa region.

It’s to be recalled that the two sides reached into ‘Towards EU-Ethiopia Strategic Partnership’ in 2016.