ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has lauded India’s impartial and non-interventionist role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The minister has continued to hold bilateral meetings with government officials countries on the sidelines of the ongoing 77th UN General Assembly in New York.
Today, the Ministry of Foreign affairs said Demeke met with Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s Minister of External Affairs and discussed a range of topics, including the latest “round of attacks launched by the terrorist TPLF.”
At the meeting, Foreign minister Demeke expounded on the steps the federal government has taken to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis in northern Ethiopia.
He also expressed his gratitude to India for supporting Ethiopia during difficult times, praising India’s moral, impartial, and non-interventionist role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
India is a member of the council until the end of 2022.
The two foreign ministers acknowledged that India has fairly represented the Global South in multilateral fora.
Both officials valued New Delhi’s initiatives to deepen South-South cooperation to address issues with the supply of food and fuel.
During the discussion, Dr. S. Jaishankar reflected on his visit to Ethiopia on June 22, 2022, and stated that there are opportunities to improve ties between the two nations.
The various areas including education, health, and investment were discussed to further boost their bilateral ties during S. Jaishankar’s recent visit to Addis Ababa.
On Tuesday, Deputy PM Demeke reiterated the call on Indian investors to take advantage of Ethiopia’s economic opportunities and financial sector reforms.
Indian investments have a substantial presence in Ethiopia accounting for $5 billion – of which $3 billion is estimated to be on the ground. This makes India is among the top three foreign investors in the East African nation
At least 650 Indian companies also employ more than 75,000 people, making them the second largest foreign employers in Ethiopia.
More Bilateral Meetings ahead
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke is scheduled to hold a number of meetings on the margins of the Assembly during his stay in New York, according to MoFA.
Apart from the FM of India, he held a sideline discussion with Wang Yi, the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, on Monday.
Demeke and Yi agreed to cooperate in the economic sphere as they discussed bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest, according to the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
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