The visiting Venezuelan foreign minister Yván Gil Pinto and his delegation met with Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen in Addis Ababa on Oct 30, 2023.

Ethiopian Airlines invited to Launch Flight Services to Venezuela

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s largest airline, has been invited to launch flight services to Venezuela’s capital Caracas.

The invitation was extended by the visiting Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Yván Gil Pinto on Monday.

Ethiopian Airlines marked its ten years of service in South America with the launching of its first flights to Brazil’s Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in July 2013.

The carrier has since started serving Buenos Aires, Argentina, and continued to increase its operations to the fifth continent on its flight network.

Caracas now wants the airlines to connect Venezuelan passengers to more than 150 destinations worldwide.

Upon his arrival in Addis Ababa on Monday, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Pinto toured the Ethiopian Airlines Group’s facilities and aviation university.

The minister later invited the Airlines to start flying to the North American nation during a meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen.

‘High time to deepen bilateral ties’

During the meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a statement that the two sides also deliberated at length on bilateral and multilateral issues of common interest.

FM Demeke said it is high time to deepen the historic traditional relations with Venezuela, and commended Venezuela for its principled, consistent support at multilateral forums.

Pinto, on his part, said his country is keenly interested in working closely with Ethiopia on agriculture, tourism, energy, and health. He also said Venezuela would like to offer scholarship opportunities to Ethiopian students.

The meeting ended with an agreement to commence a Joint Ministerial Commission between the two countries.

Ethiopia is the first African country to establish formal diplomatic ties with Venezuela, on July 20, 1950, marking the first formal relation through the exchange of notes through the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington.