PM’s National Security Advisor Holds Talks with Italian FM in Rome

ADDIS ABABA – National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Ambassador Redwan Hussien has held talks with the Foreign Minister of Italy, Luigi Di Maio, in Rome.

“The two sides discussed bilateral and regional issues and areas of cooperation to further cement the long-existing bilateral relationship between the two countries,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a statement issued after the discussion on Thursday afternoon.

Ambassador Hussien is currently on a working visit in Italy’s capital, where earlier today met with David Beasley Executive Director of the World Foof Program on recent development related to the supply of food and other humanitarian supplies.

During his discussion with Italian FM Di Maio, Redwan explained the efforts of the government toward creating unfettered access to humanitarian partners to the conflict-affected areas in the Northern part of the country.

He also mentioned the continued acts of the TPLF to interrupt the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance to the Tigray region.

The federal government of Ethiopia announced today that the TPLF denied humanitarian air cargo from entering Mekelle since Wednesday.

“Such actions show the group’s ill intentions to use the humanitarian problems of the people for its political gain,” Ambassador Hussien told Di Maio.

He called upon the international community to condemn the acts of the TPLF while mentioning the AU-led peace process, and issues related to Human Rights abuses and accountability measures taken by the government thus far.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, on his part, appreciated the progress made with regard to humanitarian assistance recalling his recent visit to Addis Ababa, reads MoFA’s statement.

“Italy supports progressive European Union re-engagement to facilitate definitive cessation of hostilities, effective and inclusive national dialogue and a political solution to the conflict,” the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a message posted on Twitter after the meeting.

Di Maio also mentioned the importance of strengthening the bilateral development cooperation between the two countries.

During his visit to East Africa earlier this month, the Italian foreign minister held talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonene in Addis Ababa. He also signed a 22 million loan agreement that finances Ethiopia’s agro-industry.