UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, thanking Ethiopia for its “constructive role” in bringing peace to Somalia and South Sudan.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened in New York Wednesday, Ban’s spokesman told reporters.
Ethiopia has been playing a major role in brokering peace in Somalia and South Sudan.
In August, the South Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition signed the Implementation Matrix of the Jan. 23 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.
The signing took place in Addis Ababa during the summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa on South Sudan.
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of strengthened cooperation and coordination to collectively address the rising threat of extremism, the spokesman added.