Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Ethiopia

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Addis Ababa on 8 March for an official visit,

During his meeting with Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Mr Lavrov said that the reform of the UNSC should include Africa, adding Russia backs Africa’s move to get a permanent seat at the Council. Russia will provide support for African countries, especially in the areas of education and training, as well as their efforts to find African solutions for African problems.

The longstanding relations between Africa and Russia should be elevated, said Moussa Faki Mahamat Chairperson of the African Union Commission. The two also discussed the upcoming Africa-Russia business conference.

Ethiopia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov the following day.

In a joint press conference issued after the meeting, Dr Workneh said the relation of the two countries, which dates back 120 years, is getting stronger.

“We agreed to strengthen economic, trade and investment relations between the two countries,” he said. “We have also discussed on ways to cooperate in various sectors, including in setting up nuclear technology centre, education, science, and technology”.

The nuclear development program will be launched right after an agreement between the two countries is concluded. The nuclear development program will be used for a peaceful purpose.

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed on how to jointly combat terrorism and extremism in the Horn of Africa and Sahel region.

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said his visit aimed at boosting trade and investment ties between the two countries. Russia wants to work together with Ethiopia in nuclear technology and power generation.

Russia will provide support for Ethiopia in various sector, including skill and technical support for its military, he said, adding works will be carried out to strengthen institutions-to-institutions ties between the two countries.


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