ADDIS ABABA – The outgoing Ambassador of Ethiopia to Kenya, Meles Alem, has paid a courtesy call on the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry in a statement issued after the meeting said the Kenyan president appreciated Ambassador Meles for his outstanding diplomatic service that contributed a lot in cementing the relationships between the two countries.
The diplomatic, economic and people-to-people relations as well as various regional integration projects have taken roots during Ambassador Meles’ tenure in Kenya, said president Uhuru.
He also said, as a genuine friend, Kenya will always stand by Ethiopia in times of need, stating his country’s commitment to further bolster ties between the two neighbouring nations.
Ambassador Meles, on his part, thanked the people and government of Kenya for their heartfelt hospitality rendered to him during his three-year stay in Kenya. He also appreciated the President for his leadership that gave new impetus for the relationships between the two countries.
The Ambassador also expressed his gratitude for the administration of the Kenyan President that continued to firmly protect the rights and dignity of Ethiopians who reside in Kenya.
The encouraging relationships between Ethiopia and Kenya, particularly in business, trade and investment should further be strengthened through exchanges of electricity and cooperation in regional security issues, Ambassador Alem added.
Gen Bacha Debele will take over from Meles, the career diplomat who had served in Nairobi since 2019, as Ethiopia’s Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Kenya.