ADDIS ABABA – The 8th Ethio-Russia Joint Ministerial Meeting has concluded today with an agreement to increase bilateral relations, according to the Ministry of Foreign affairs (MoFA).
The joint Ministerial Meeting has been taking place in Addis Ababa for the last three days.
The final day meeting was held in the presence of Innovation and Technology Minister Belete Molla (Ph.D.) and the Head of the Russian Federation delegation to the Ethio-Russia Joint Ministerial Commission Evgeny Petrov.
Belete said the deliberations were fruitful and the meeting was held in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding to promote cooperation between the two countries at the highest level.
The Commission created an opportunity to review the current state and the prospects of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, identify the level of implementation of agreements, and pledge to take the necessary steps, according to the Minister.
The head of the Russian delegation Petrov, for his part, said that the interrelations between the two countries have operated for over 300 years and have been based on an equal, and mutually beneficial partnership.
The 8th Joint Ministerial Meeting discussed ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation.
The areas of cooperation discussed include mining, energy, trade, education, health, agriculture, industry, culture and tourism, science and technology, geospatial and space science, investment, and ICT fields.
The joint Ministerial commission identified the low-level of implementation of agreements and agreed to take necessary follow up and action.
The two countries also agreed to increase support to Dejazmatch Balcha Hospital which is jointly owned by the Russian and Ethiopian governments.
The two sides also agreed to hold the 9th Meeting of the Commission in the Russian Federation in 2024, at dates and places to be agreed upon through communications through diplomatic channels.