PM Abiy Ahmed meets Slovenia's Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon and her delegation in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.

PM Abiy Holds talks with Slovenia’s Top Diplomat Fajon

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with the Slovenian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon.

The visiting Slovenian high level delegation also met with the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The two meetings took place on the final day of the Slovenian delegation three-day visit to Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Abiy said his discussions with Fajon on Ethiopia-Slovenia bilateral relations were “productive.”

Slovenia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister already met various senior government officials including her Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen.

The visit is aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, also in the light of the imminent opening of the Slovenian Embassy in Addis Ababa.

The East African nation will also recieve another European delegation from Italy whose Prime Minister Malone Georgia making a two-day visit to Ethiopia later this week.

The visits from Slovenia and Italy “demonstrate Ethiopia’s encouraging path to expedite reengagement and normalize its relations with its partners,” foreign affairs ministry spokesperson of the Ambassador Meles Alem told a press briefing today.

Migration dominates Mahamat-Fajon talks

Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Fajon and the AUC chair Mahamat met at the African African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Mahamat and Fajon holds discussions at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa
Mahamat and Fajon holds discussions at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The two sides discussed the need to work together “in a world facing global challenges, particularly on human rights, peace & security and Climate security,” the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said.

Mahamat and Fajon also spoke about “migration and the prospects for young people on the African continent.”

“They agreed that Europe could do more to ensure that people, especially young people, do not leave Africa,” the Ministry added.