Ethiopia, China Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen bilateral Ties

ADDIS ABABA – Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign affairs of Ethiopia, met with Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, in New York on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly today.

The two sides agreed to cooperate in the economic sphere as they discussed bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest, according to the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

Demeke praised China’s contribution to the two nations’ development cooperation.

He also expressed gratitude to the Chinese Foreign Minister for his nation’s support of Ethiopia during trying times and for contributing to maintain regional peace.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also briefed the Chinese Foreign Minister on current issues in Ethiopia.

Wang Yi, for his part, stated that China places a high priority on its relationship with Ethiopia and emphasized Addis Ababa’s crucial contribution to the Horn of Africa’s peace and stability.

He also noted that the topic of human rights has evolved into a political football in multilateral fora and that China does not support meddling in other countries’ internal affairs under this guise.

He said that China will assist Ethiopia in developing its capacity and providing humanitarian support.

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