Ethiopia, Czech Explore Ways to Step up Relations

Ethiopia, Czech Explore Ways to Step up Relations

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy foreign ministers of Ethiopia and the Czech Republic discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

State Minister Mesganu Arga met First Deputy Foreign Minister Czech Republic Jiri Kozak, who was on a working official visit in Ethiopia, on Thursday.

The two sides discussed various bilateral and common-interest issues and ways to cooperate, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday.

Ambassador Mesganu mentioned the economic and political reforms that are being taken by the Government of Ethiopia and stressed the need to enhance the bilateral ties with the European nation in terms of trade and knowledge transfer.

He also stated the commitment of the Federal Government to implement the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement further calling on the Czech Government to play an important role in revitalizing the relationship between Ethiopia and the European Union.

First Deputy Minister Kozak expressed the need for the continuation of the Political Consultation between Ethiopia and the Czech Republic in order to deepen and strengthen the relationship at a higher level.

In his stay in Addis Ababa, Kozak held talks with the state minister of Finance Semereta Sewasew on strengthening bilateral economic cooperation.

Agricultural development, water, sanitation, building capacity in a hydrogeological survey, and vocational program support were among the areas that were looked into during their discussions.

Both sides also agreed to further increase private sector investments from the Czech Republic in Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Kozak affirmed Ethiopia remains to be a priority country for the Czech Republic, says the Finance Ministry’s statement that states the strong interest of both sides has shown to further explore means to strengthen and make the cooperation even more effective.