ADDIS ABABA – President Sahle-Work Zewde held talks with the visiting Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, on bilateral relations, current affairs in the country and issues relating to the African Union, her office said.
Foreign Minister Lamamra arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, where he was welcomed by Ethiopia’s State Minister Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, on Wednesday morning.
He went on to meet with President Sahle-Work Zewde, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
Speaking with Sahel-work, the Minister said Algeria is committed to strengthen trade, investment and diplomatic relations with Ethiopia, according to the office of the president.
The pair further discussed how the two countries could work together in the international arena, especially in maintaining peace and security.
President Sahle-Work also appreciated Algeria for its efforts to mediate during conflict situations in several countries, including during the Ethio-Eritrean conflict.
The President briefed the Minister on the situation in Tigray and the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Boosting bilateral ties
The Algerian top diplomat also held with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke in the Capital, where he expressed his pleasure at the successful completion of the 6th General Election conducted last June, 2021.
He also expressed his country’s readiness and desire to strengthen the longstanding bilateral relations between the two countries, said Dina Mufti, spokesperson of Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, after attending the meeting.
Algeria is one of the key strategic partners of Ethiopia since the two nations established diplomatic relations in the late 1960s.
The two countries have signed more than 20 cooperation agreements in different fields, including trade, investment protection and promotion, and avoidance of double taxation.
The minister told Demeke that Algeria is keen to welcome Ethiopian Airlines to Algiers, according to the Ministry of foreign affairs.
The Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, on his part, expressed Addis Ababa’s readiness to facilitate the flight and stressed the significance of flight to strengthen relations between the two countries.
He also expressed Ethiopia`s readiness to boost the relations between the two nations for the years to come and congratulated Lamamra on the successful election Algeria held recently.
Lamamra is not new to Ethiopia where he served as Commissioner for Peace and Security in the African Union, as well as AU’s Special Envoy for the Silencing the Guns project. His country opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa in 1976.