Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen and his Maltese counterpart Ian Borg signed the agreement in Addis Ababa on Monday. (Photo MoFA)

Ethiopia and Malta Agree to Collaborate in Aviation, Tourism

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Malta have signed today an agreement to collaborate in the fields of aviation, tourism and diplomatic training.

The signing comes two months after
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Malta’s leader Robert Abela held talks which focused on exploring areas of cooperation between the two countries.

“Our two countries will work to enhance trade and investment ties particularly in tourism,” Abiy said on Monday after a meeting with the visiting Malta’s Foreign Minister Ian Borg.

The agreement in aviation could reportedly open a door for Ethiopian Airlines using Malta as a stopover for flights to the U.S. as the carrier considers starting flights to the European nation.

Malta’s Foreign Minister Borg and his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen signed the agreement earlier today.

The two sides also held discussions on ways to boost bilateral, regional and international cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

During a joint press briefing, Demeke expressed gratitude for Malta’s diplomatic support to Ethiopia over the last two years, as well as the recent opening of its embassy in Addis Ababa.

The European nation is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Demeke said Foreign Minister Borg has confirmed to him Malta’s readiness to take the interests of Ethiopia and Africa into account during its tenure at the UNSC.

On his part, FM Borg stated that Ethiopia is a key player in the Horn of Africa, which is why he paid his first visit to Addis Ababa, according to MoFA’s statement.

He also said, reaching an agreement to improve relations between his country and Ethiopia lays the groundwork for future collaboration between Ethiopia and Malta.

The agreement provides an opportunity for Malta to share its best practices, particularly in education and diplomatic training, Foreign Minister Borg added.

Malta – a home to an Ethiopian community – opened its embassy in Addis Ababa in 2021.