Abiy Holds Talks with Swedish PM over Bilateral, Regional Issues

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed and his Swedish counterpart, Stefan Löfven, held on Monday a “fruitful” discussion on various issues.

In a brief statement posted on Twitter, Abiy said the telephonic conversation with Löfvend has touched upon “various bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest”.

The statement did not delve into details on the issues raised during the talks between the two sides.

The Prime Minister, however, described the conversation as a “fruitful” one.

“I greatly appreciate Sweden for the lasting contribution to Ethiopia’s reform journey,” he added.

Two years ago, the Swedish government provided $20 million dollars assistance to Ethiopia’s reform process supporting the General election, legal sector and capacity building to human rights organizations, among others.

With its strategy for development cooperation with Ethiopia, the European nation also provided a total of 120 MUSD for the period 2016 and 2020, according to an information found from its embassy in Addis Ababa. The amount does not include the humanitarian assistance nd supports provided through the European Union and other programs and funds.

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