Ethiopia, EU eye a broad spectrum of cooperation

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In a meeting held between Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Claudia Wiedey, Head of European External Action Service (EEAS) for Horn of Africa, East Africa and Indian Ocean today (Wednesday 14), the two sides affirmed the need to forge a broad spectrum of cooperation.

Recalling the strategic engagement signed between the EU and Ethiopia this year, Claudia Wiedey noted that the agreement gave further impetus to the relations the two sides cherished for many years.

The Strategic Engagement focuses on six sectoral dialogues: regional peace and security; countering terrorism and violent radicalization; migration; social and economic development, investment and trade; governance and human rights; and climate change and environmental cooperation.

Claudia said as the EU was following the case closely, it would like to welcome the reforms being made by the government regarding addressing the problems related to unrests in some parts of Oromia and Amhara Regional States.

Dr. Workneh on his part said, “We focus on the partnership that we build over the years, I think, that is the most important one.” Mentioning Ethiopia’s commitment towards establishing a continuous dialogue for enhanced cooperation on migration and mobility, Dr. Workneh noted, especially as the chair of the next EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative meeting, the country would closely work on creating a framework for policy and dialogue and also on sharing knowledge and experiences to strengthen cooperation.

The Foreign Minister noted the government’s thriving efforts in bringing about the necessary solutions to fill socio-economic gaps within the society and mentioned the positive responses garnered from the wider mass.

From left to right: H.E. Chantal Hebberecht, Head of the EU Delegation in Addis Ababa, Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Mrs Claudia Wiedey, Head of European External Action Service (EEAS) for Horn of Africa, East Africa and Indian Ocean

Source: MFA Ethiopia

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