Foreign Minister Gedu meets Djibouti President to deepen diplomatic ties

Minister for Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachewu held talks with President Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on Tuesday at the President’s palace.

A press release by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the President congratulated Minister Gedu on his new appointment and reiterated his government’s “unwavering commitment towards ensuring that the symbolic Ethio-Djibouti ties would make giant leaps forward in the years to come”.

“On the Occasion, Minister Gedu told President Guelleh that the strategic partnership and symbolic ties between Ethiopia and Djibouti is longstanding and well entrenched that it will not falter in the face of challenges, adding that the ties between the two countries will continue to be further invigorated,” the statement read in part.

The Minister also stressed that mapping out new areas of cooperation will give further impetus to the ongoing multi-faceted relations between the two countries.

Their discussions also covered arrays of socioeconomic and political bilateral issues.

The 15th Djibouti-Ethiopian Joint Ministerial Commission meeting in January 2019 held in Djibouti, was an indication of initiatives to speed up bilateral relations for economic growth between the two states.

They signed agreements that covered bolstering cooperation on criminal matters, formulating plans for ensuring regular, safe and orderly migration on the basis of the spirit of the Marrakech Agreement, and producing a new comprehensive agreement on labour issues.

They also covered enhancing existing cooperation on peace and security issues bilaterally and within the IGAD, the African Union and the United Nations.

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