FMs of Ethiopia & UAE Hold Talks over Bilateral, Regional Issues

ADDIS ABABA – Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and UAE discussed various bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest as well as the peace deal signed to end the northern Ethiopia conflict.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen met with UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi on Friday, according to a statement by the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry.

The Ministers discussed the latest developments at the regional and international levels in addition to ways to enhance the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Demek also briefed his UAE counterpart about the peace agreement signed between the federal government and the TPLF in South Africa earlier this week.

He expressed the commitment and readiness of the Federal Government to implement the peace agreement toward ensuring sustainable peace in the country.

UAE’s top diplomat Sheik Abdullah welcomed the peace agreement reached to end the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

He reiterated his country’s support of any kind for the implementation of the peace agreement. The federal government on Friday set up teams to expedite the implementation of the agreement.

The two sides further discussed enhancing bilateral relations in areas of trade and investment, among others, after which Abdullahi reiterated the commitment of the UAE to elevate partnerships with Ethiopia to the highest possible level.

Sheik Abdullah also expressed his pride in the distinguished UAE-Ethiopian bilateral relations and highlighted the keenness of the two friendly countries to strengthen and develop them in the mutual interest and benefit of their people.

For his part, Demeke highlighted the depth of the bilateral relations and asserted his country’s keenness to enhance and develop prospects of joint cooperation with the UAE in all fields.

Deputy Prime Minister Demeke went to Abu Dhabi to participate in the 13th Sir Bani Yas Forum, hosted by UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation this week. The forum discusses peace and security and related issues in the Middle East and the region at large.