Dr. Workneh receives copies of credentials of Ambassadors, holds talks with ICRC head

Addis Ababa, September 14, 2017 (FBC) -Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu received copies of credentials of Ambassador Sonja Hyland of Ireland; Ambassador Rebecca Amuge Otengo of Uganda and Ambassador Nguyen Kim Doanh of Vietnam yesterday.

Welcoming the newly appointed Ambassador of Ireland, Mrs. Sonja Hyland Dr. Workneh assured her of the Ministry’s and his office’s support during her tenure. The Foreign Minister underlined the need to undertake a framework for Ethio-Ireland bilateral political consultation sooner.

The new Ambassador expressed her readiness to put the bilateral ties between the two countries to a new level by looking into uncharted possibilities in areas of trade and investment. Under Irish development program the country has allocated a budget of 27 million Euro for different programs undertaken in Ethiopia in 2017.

Receiving the credentials of Ugandan Ambassador Rebecca, Dr. Workneh praised Uganda for being a strong ally in regional efforts aimed at protecting and strengthening peace and security, especially in Somalia and South Sudan.

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The Minister underscored the need for all Nile riparian countries to enjoy equitable and reasonable utilization of their water resources. The new Ambassador expressed her Government’s readiness to further enhance the relations to a higher level in all fields possible.

Dr. Workneh, expressing his best wishes for the newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam Mr. Nguyen in his future endeavors, indicated the immense benefit Vietnamese investors could garner if they engage in the huge investment opportunities and incentives the country owns.

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Though the diplomatic relationship between the two countries was established in 1976 the current bilateral ties did not commensurate to the long standing relations between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh also held talks with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. James Reynolds yesterday.

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During the discussions Dr. Workneh described ICRC as a guardian of International humanitarian laws and noted Ethiopia’s sustained commitment to the implementation of the Law. ICRC works on restoring family links and providing physical rehabilitation in partnership with Ethiopian Red Cross Society.

The two sides agreed on the need to strategically undertake joint programs based on the Framework Agreement signed in April 19, 2016 that aimed at helping expand the mandate of the ICRC with its exclusive humanitarian mission to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict.

Source: MoFA

Posted by Amare Asrat