Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held talks with the Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, during his visits to the two European countries, respectively.
PM Abiy started his working visit to Europe in Rome where he held a discussion with top Italian officials and signed a 180 million euros cooperation framework agreement.
In the second leg European tour, Abiy along with a senior government delegation went to Malta and held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Robert Abela.
During the discussions, the two sides explored areas to step up bilateral relations, as per the PM office of Ethiopia.
These areas include enhancing cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, maritime, logistics, and security.
“Our two countries have a lot to learn from one another in a multitude of areas,” Abiy said. “Today’s discussions have further cemented areas of cooperation for mutual benefit,” he added.
Before his return to Addis Ababa, PM Abiy also made a layover in Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.
The two leaders reportedly discussed strengthened relations including increasing private sector investments in strategic and priority sectors.
Abiy hailed the growing ties between Ethiopia and France, inviting French businesses to invest in the East African nation.
“As the relations between our two countries progress, I’m very confident that it will translate into strengthened economic outcomes,” he said. “We very much welcome investments by French companies in Ethiopia.”
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