ADDIS ABABA – Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Somalia avowed to step up cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the Horn of Africa, according to the ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA).
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonne, and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia, discussed bilateral issues as well as issues of peace and security in the Horn of Africa on Friday.
The discussion took place on the margins of the ongoing African Union Executive Council ordinary session in Lusaka, Zamibia.
During the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke expressed “delight that Somalia has held successful elections and formed its government.”
He stressed that the two countries should step up their efforts, particularly in the fight against terrorism, while noting the various areas in which the governments of the two countries should cooperate.
Somalia’s acting foreign minister Osman, on his part, stated that the country’s new administration has given peace the utmost priority and that it would continue to cooperate with Ethiopia in this regard.
The minister pointed out that the partnership of the two countries should be strengthened in the efforts to eliminate the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, according to MoFA’s statement.
In order to further solidify relations between the two nations, an agreement has been reached to hold the bilateral joint commission meeting, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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