UK’s Minister for Africa in debut visit to Ethiopia
As part of his 7-day visit to East Africa, the UK’s Minister of State for Africa, Rory Stewart MP, visited Ethiopia to see how UK aid is being implemented in the region.
In meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Finance Minister Dr Abraham Tekeste, Mr Stewart highlighted UK efforts and urged the Ethiopian Government to continue to increase its own response, working with the international community.
The two sides discussed the recurring drought in Ethiopia and the humanitarian support being given by the government to cope with its impact.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Hirut Zemene, receiving Mr Stewart, said Ethiopia had strong mutual understanding with the UK on regional and bilateral consular issues. Mr Stewart underlined UK support for AMISOM work in stabilizing Somalia and also noted the UK’s cooperation with Ethiopia and its concern for the security of the country.
“I was delighted to make my first visit to Ethiopia as Minister for Africa, marking the fifth visit by a UK Minister this year. The UK-Ethiopia partnership spans many issues critical to both our countries, from the reduction of poverty in Ethiopia to security and stability in the Horn of Africa,” he said.
“We have a strong and historic relationship with Ethiopia and the UK is committed to building on this, through new economic partnerships and assistance and support with regional security and humanitarian issues,” he added.
He also discussed the UK-African Union partnership with AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and Commissioners for Peace and Security Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Trade & Industry Albert Muchanga and Infrastructure & Energy Dr Amani Abou-Zeid.
“I was pleased to meet the AU Commission Chairperson to discuss shared peace, security, development and prosperity priorities. I look forward to working more closely in partnership with them in the future,” he said.
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