Ethiopia, Russia agree to set up joint nuclear technology center

Addis Ababa, March 9, 2018 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, here today.

The two discussed on bilateral, regional and continental issues of mutual interests.

In a joint press conference issued after the meeting, Dr Workneh said the relation of the two countries, which dates back 120 years, is getting stronger.

“We agreed to strengthen economic, trade and investment relations between the two countries,” he said.

“We have also discussed on ways to cooperate on various sectors, including in setting up nuclear technology center, education, science, and technology,” he said.

The nuclear development program will be launched right after an agreement between the two countries is concluded. The nuclear development program will be used for a peaceful purpose, it was indicated.

Indicating that Ethiopia and Russia have strong relations in education, Dr Workneh said the former Soviet Union and Russia have so far offered scholarship for about 13,000 Ethiopian students.

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed on how to jointly combat terrorism and extremism in the Horn of Africa and Sahel region.

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said his visit was aimed at boosting trade and investment ties between the two countries. Russia wants to work together with Ethiopia in nuclear technology and power generation.

Russia will provided support for Ethiopia in various sector, including skill and technical support for its military, he said, adding works will be carried out to strengthen institutions-to-institutions ties between the two countries.

Russia will provided support for Africa’s move to find African solutions for African problems.

Following the discussion, Russia cancelled 162 million US dollars debt owed by Ethiopia.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat