Ethiopia, Russia Agree to further Cement Bilateral Ties

ADDIS ABABA – Foreign ministers of Ethiopia and Russia held talks in Addis Ababa on various issues of mutual interest including science and technology, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The discussions between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen and his Russian counterparts Sergey Lavrov, took place on Wednesday.

The two sides have agreed to strengthen their relations in economy, trade, science, and technology, said MoFA in a statement issued after the meeting.

Demeke said the fruitful discussion with Lavrov reaffirmed that Ethiopia and Russia have shared values and interests in various areas.

Regarding the tripartite negotiation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the deputy premier explained Ethiopia’s commitment to abide by principled discussions that pave way for mutual benefits.

He also pointed out that the country attaches significant importance to the longstanding historical relations with Russia and appreciated its unwavering support to Ethiopia during difficult times.

Moreover, Demeke briefed his Russian counterpart on current issues in Ethiopia.

During their meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov handed over to Demeke the message sent by President Vladimir Putin to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Lavrov called the Ethio-Russia relationships “delightful and effective,” noting the need to hold a meeting of the joint commission of the two countries.

He further said Russia would continue to work together with Ethiopia on international and regional issues.

Prior to their meeting, Lavrov and Demke planted seedlings in the compound of the Russian Embassy in the capital. The Russian Foreign Minister came to Addis Ababa late on Tuesday as part of his African tour aimed at strengthening Moscow’s ties with a continent. 

Lovrov concluded his official working visit to Ethiopia on Wednesday afternoon. State Minister of Foreign Affairs Birtukan Ayano and other high-level government officials saw him off at Bole International Airport.

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