Ethiopia, Morocco FMs Hold talks on Bilateral, Multilateral Ties

ADDIS ABABA- Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, held talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, on ways to cement bilateral and multilateral ties between the two countries.

During the meeting the two held virtually, Demeke has briefed Bourita about the various situations in Ethiopia.

These include the overall situation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction and negotiation, the Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute, and the upcoming general elections.

Demeke, who is also a deputy premier of Ethiopia, spoke about the need to expedite the implementation of the 12 agreements that were signed between them in various fields.

The deals were signed during the official visit of Moroccan King Mohammed VI to Ethiopia to strengthen its political and South/South partnership in 2016.

The agreements cover areas including investment to install a fertilizer factory in Ethiopia, in addition to air services, tax cooperation, investment protection, agriculture and renewable energy.

During Tuesday’s discussion, Demeke specifically mentioned the economic significance of expediting the process of building the fertilizer plant project in Ethiopia and connecting Addis Ababa and Rabat with direct flights by Ethiopian Airlines.

He also expressed his confidence that Morocco would support Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, who is the sole African candidate for the position of Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

The Moroccan Foreign Minister thanked Demeke for the briefing and said Morocco supports Ethiopia’s right to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty, according to Ministry of forieng Affairs.

Regarding the GERD and the Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute, Bourita expressed his confidence that peaceful resolutions would be reached at the end with amicable solutions to all parties.
The Moroccan Foreign Minister told Demeke that his country would support Dr. Arkebe Oqubay’s candidacy for the UNIDO, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Minister also stressed the need to create economic linkages between the two countries by encouraging connections of private businesses and flights by the major Airlines of the two countries.

According to MoFA, the two sides also discussed commitments to build green economies noting the need to further strengthen the partnership between Ethiopia and Morocco in the field of renewable energy.

It is recalled that in a bid to increase access to electricity, the two countries formed the Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access at the UN Climate action summit in September 2019 in New York.