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Abiy, Silva Hold Talks over Enhancing Ethiopia-Brazil Ties

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held talks with the visiting President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who is on an official visit to Ethiopia.

The two leaders, the PM Office says, “engaged in discussions aimed at bolstering cooperation and nurturing a more profound partnership.”

Brazilian President Lula embarked on his first visit in a decade to the East African nation on Thursday night.

In a ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia today, PM Abiy extended an official welcome to President Silva.

In the subsequent bilateral talks, Abiy said, “We have addressed various bilateral and multilateral issues, reflecting the depth of our relationship.”

Ethiopia and Brazil, the two top coffee producers, have long-standing diplomatic relations, spanning over six decades.

The bilateral relation is expected to be bolstered further with the joining of Ethiopia, along with four other countries, to the BRICS economic alliance this year.

“As Ethiopia joins the esteemed ranks of the BRICS group, we eagerly anticipate strengthened collaboration with Brazil, viewing our meeting as a pivotal step towards forging a robust partnership,” Abiy said.

Both leaders later planted coffee plants at Unity Park, which, the PM Office says, “showcase their mutual commitment to environmental stewardship and shared appreciation for coffee culture.”

Brazilian President Lula, whose country holds the presidency of Group 20, will address the African Union Summit set to be held in Addis Ababa on Saturday and Sunday.