ADDIS ABABA – President Sahle-Work Zewde received the Letters of credence of newly appointed ambassadors of four African countries and Jordan.
The African ambassadors who presented their credentials are from Cote d’Ivoire, Seychelles, Benin, and Congo.
Receiving their credentials, Sahle-work emphasized Ethiopia’s strong willingness to strengthen its cooperation with their respective countries, said the president’s office.
The ambassadors, on their part, said they will work to strengthen their respective countries’ relations with Ethiopia during their stay in Addis Ababa.
Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire, Maes Ennio said he was “very proud to serve” in Ethiopia.
“My president instructed me to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation between Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire,” the ambassador said. “This reinforcement should be in terms of our economic and commercial relationships.”
Seychelles Ambassador to Ethiopia, Conrad Vincent Mederic expressed his “keen interest” to develop cooperation with Ethiopia in the field of aviation, tourism, culture, sport, trade investment and other sectors.
“I came here with a lot of optimism,” Ambasador Vincent. “We have Ethiopian Airlines going to Seychelles four times a week. We therefore want to develop cooperation in the field of tourism, culture, sports, trade and investment, and other areas.”
Jordan’s new ambassador Zuhair Ensour said the relationship between Ethiopia and Jordan requires strengthening in several areas.
There is an ongoing study to strengthen and accelerate the implementation of the agreements that have been signed, the ambassador told the Ethiopian News agency (ENA).
For instance, Jordan is studying market opportunities in Ethiopia that will pave the way for commercial cooperation between the two nations, according to the Ambassador Ensour.
Ensour also said that he has requested the Ethiopian government to open an embassy in Amman, Jordan where 20,000 Ethiopians are currently residing. He also requested the resumption of Ethiopian Airlines flight to Amman, reported ENA.
Daniel Owassan, Ambassador of Congo, and Herve Dadjedji Djokpe, Ambassador of Benin,also expressed their hope to increase ties with Addis Ababa.
After closing for a year, Benin reopened its embassy at the end of 2021.