Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, started today, Wednesday, a two-day working visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in his capacity as a special envoy of the President of the Republic.
The head of the Algerian diplomacy was received by the President of the Ethiopian Republic, Mrs. Sahle Work Zewde, to whom he conveyed warm and fraternal greetings from her brother, the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune as well as the content of the message, which focuses on the need to create a new dynamic in the partnership that links the two countries, which have historical friendship and cooperation relations, that culminated in June 2013 in the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement.
For her part, President Sahle Work Zewde praised the quality of the historical ties between Algeria and Ethiopia, stressing her commitment to work together with her brother President Tebboune to enhance and consolidate bilateral cooperation in all its dimensions.
After hailing Algeria’s role and its great contributions in serving peace and stability in Africa, especially its successful mediation between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Ethiopian President instructed Minister Lamamra with conveying to the Algerian President her sincere greetings and best wishes for progress and prosperity for the Algerian state and people.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs was also received by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, to whom he conveyed a message from the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
The meeting allowed to reaffirm the commitment of the two countries to the strategic partnership and their common aspiration to promote peace and stability in various regions of the continent, as well as solidarity and cooperation between African and Arab bodies.
Finally, Mr. Lamamra concluded the first day of his visit with a working session with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mikonan, during which the two diplomacy chiefs reviewed in depth the state of bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic and trade fields, and exchanged views on issues of common interest at the continental and international levels.
The two men agreed, during their meeting, to start preparations for the fifth session of the Ethiopian-Algerian Joint Committee and to accelerate the completion of a draft agreement under study on air services, which will allow the opening of a direct air line from the Ethiopian National Aviation Company linking the two capitals.