Deputy PM Holds Talks with Burkinabé Foreign Minister  

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has met with Burkina Faso’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olivia Rouamba, in Addis Ababa today.

During the meeting held at his office, Demeke reiterated that the longstanding relationship between the two countries dates back to colonial times, which should be revamped with further engagements.

He appreciated the consistent and balanced position of Burkina Faso regarding critical issues about Ethiopia at multilateral fora, according to a statement from the foreign ministry.

The two countries have a lot of untapped potential in capacity building, which should be explored to pave the way for enhanced relationships, said the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said 

Ms. Olivia Rouamba, on her part, said that Ethiopia remains at the heart of the foreign policy of Burkina Faso.

Ethiopia’s importance goes beyond its geographical size whose instability also affects the stability of Africa, the foreign minister said.

Discussing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Burkinabé foreign minister said the GERD is the pride of Africa, the statement reads.

She also stressed that the building of the dam sets a perfect example of growth for Africa through the utilization of internal resources.