Ethiopia desirous to strengthen relations with Norway: President Mulatu

Addis Ababa, November 7, 2017 (FBC) –President Mulatu Teshome today received the Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway at the National Palace.

The two sides discussed on ways to elevate the historical ties of the two countries into a new high.

Dr. Mulatu noted that the Crown Prince’s and Princess’ visit to Ethiopia will basically impact the bilateral relations between the two countries and will definitely have a significant impact on trade, investment and other arrays of relationships.

Commending number of Norwegian companies that are actively engaging with the development in Ethiopia like Norfund, Yara International, Nera, Mester Gronn, President Mulatu urged the need to work closely to further reinforce the bilateral ties.

Dr. Mulatu added, “Ethiopia offers outstanding business opportunities in many areas including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining and mineral exploration as well as other areas” and expressed his hopes that Ethiopia and Norway further bolster their bilateral relations in wide range of areas.

The Crown Prince of Norway, Haakon Magnus in his part, expressed Norway’s strong desire to have robust cooperative relation with Ethiopia.

The two sides have also exchanged views on peace and security matters of South Sudan and Somalia and came in to understanding in the importance of working together to consolidate the peace and stability of the region.

At the end the two sides have inked agreements that will lay a foundation to start large scale potash production.

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Ethiopia and Norway established diplomatic relation in 1947.

The Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are accompanied by a large business delegation, who are looking for partnerships and opportunities in the Ethiopian market.

In a separate development, Norway announced today that it is providing NOK 10 million (1.2 million US dollars) in aid to people affected by drought in Ethiopia.

Posted by Amare Asrat