ADDIS ABABA – State Minister of Foreign Affairs Redwan Hussien announced the Ethiopian government decision to open an embassy in Islamabad as the East African nation eyes strong bilateral ties with Pakistan.
The state minister made the announcement on his first day of a two-day long official visit to the South Asian country on Monday, according to the ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA).
Redwan first met Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, during which he appreciated Islamabad’s “unwavering commitment to supporting Ethiopia in international fora”.
He also announced the decision of the Ethiopian government to open an Embassy in Islamabad and the appointment of a new Ambassador during the meeting.
The move aims to enhance the bilateral relationship to a higher level, said MoFA.
– Boosting Ties –
On the same day, Redwan held the first bilateral Political Consultation with the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Sohail Mohamood.
MoFA’s statement says the two sides noted the need to expedite the signing of various agreements already underway, such as cooperation in trade.
They, in particular, discussed ways to utilize the untapped potential of the two countries to expand relations in investment, trade, tourism, and people-to-people engagements.
During the discussion, Redwan spoke about the investment opportunities in his country, explaining the inclusion of Pakistan in the e-visa list, which will attract Pakistani businesspeople to invest in Ethiopia.
The diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan dates back seven decades.
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