Romania and Ethiopia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the starting of the two countries’ diplomatic relations on Wednesday (December 07). In his opening remark, Marius Nocolaescu, Charge d’affaires for Romanian Embassy to Ethiopia noted that the celebration marked the socio-economical and political commitment between the two countries which lasted for half a century. He noted, “I take this opportunity to underline the excellent relationship between Ethiopia and Romania in the fields of technology, trade, higher education scholarships and vocational trainings.” He added, the productive 50 years of diplomatic ties are signposts that the future is prolific.
State Minister Mrs. Hirut Zemene extended her sincere congratulations to the people and the government of the two countries on the historic day. The State Minister said, Ethiopia and Romania have enjoyed a historic relation dating back to the last decades of the 19th century, and hence the relation is at the backdrop of remarkable historical reminiscences. She recalled, during the fascist Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, the former Romanian Foreign Minister, Nicolae Titulescu’s support to Ethiopia in the League of Nations was unforgettable. State Minister Hirut mentioned the historical visit of Emperor Haileselassie to Romania in 1964 as a milestone in diplomatic history of the two countries. Currently, she added, it is important to note the great deal of commitment on both sides to further strengthen the historic ties through investment and trade. She also noted that, after some years of let-up, the two countries have witnessed an extraordinary increase in bilateral trade exchange in just ten months which exceeded USD180 million.
The occasion was ornamented with Romanian and Ethiopian cultural and musical events.
Source: MFA Ethiopia