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His Excellency Dr Shiferaw Teklermariam, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia today, briefed the Media on the upcoming Historic Official State Visit to the Republic of South Africa by His Excellency Dr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and the crowned Nobel Peace prize winner of 2019.

Ambassador Dr Shiferaw Teklermariam, said the visit which is expected to take place from 11-12 January 2019, is the first Official State Visit by an Ethiopian Leader of State to the Republic of South Africa, in the 26 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

His Excellency Dr Shiferaw Teklermariam

South Africa and Ethiopia established formal diplomatic relations in 1994 and enjoy cordial bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and bond of solidarity dating back to the era of the liberation struggle.

The purpose of the visit is mainly for the two countries to engage further on strengthening and deepening the good bilateral and economic relations which the two countries enjoy, as well as to enhance the already partnership which exists on government to government, people to people and to enhance strategic cooperation in the areas of tourism, trade, investments, technology and continental relations.

Various agreements are expected to be part of the strategic discussion and are expected to be signed between the two countries during the visit. With South Africa taking over the Chair of African Union, issues relating to peace, stability, continental integration and development which will contribute towards the African Union’s stated goals will also be discussed.

The Ambassador said “currently 28 South African Companies are doing business in Ethiopia and Trade volume is expected to increase from the current 215 Million USD. The visit will also focus on improving Trade and Investment in various sectors as well as improve Tourism between the two countries.”

Dr Abiy Ahmed known as a leader and philosopher with a concept and call of inclusiveness worked hard at reconciliation at home to bring stability. The Nobel Peace prize winner, received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in achieving peace and international cooperation, in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee believed that Dr Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserved recognition and needed encouragement and hoped that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s important work for peace and reconciliation.

Dr. Abiy Ahmed dedicated his award to peace lovers globally. He initiated important reforms that has given many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future in Ethiopia and the region.Ethiopian Embassy in South Africa

Source: Diplomatic Informer

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