Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gedu Andargachew, received Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at his office today.
The two sides discussed ways to boost cooperation on peacekeeping operation in the Horn of Africa region as well as exchanged views on current regional peace and stability.
Recalling the long-standing partnership existed between Ethiopia and the United Nations (UN), the Gedu extended its appreciation to the organization for its efforts to bring peace in Africa and the region.
As an IGAD Chair, Ethiopia is playing a leading role to maintain peace in the region, he said, citing the mediation role it had played for the establishment of a transitional government in Sudan as a case in point.
Ethiopia is working closely with the transitional government of Sudan and other pertinent bodies to bring durable peace and development, the Foreign Minister said.
Ethiopia is also providing all the necessary support for the peace and stability of South Sudan, he said, further calling the United Nation to provide support for Africa’s youngest nation.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix for his part commended Ethiopia’s peacebuilding efforts in the region as well as its leading role in UN peacekeeping mission.
He appreciated Ethiopia’s peace deal with Eritrea and mediation role in bringing peace in Sudan. He is hopeful that Ethiopia’s ongoing efforts to bring peace in South Sudan will bear fruit.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix also assured Gedu of UN’s continued support to Ethiopia’s ongoing peacebuilding efforts.