Ethiopian Premier returns home after Uganda, Egypt visit

Addis Ababa, June 11, 2018 (FBC) –Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has returned home today after concluding his state visit to Uganda and Egypt.

During his visit, the Premier held discussion with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on bilateral and regional issues of mutual concern.

In Uganda, the Prime Minister and President Museveni discussed ways to strengthen issues of mutual interest between the two countries, including trade and political ties.

They agreed to concretize cooperation in priority sectors- energy, trade, agriculture, transport, tourism and culture.

The leaders also discussed the situation in South Sudan and urged all parties to the conflict to redouble efforts to find a peaceful political solution through dialogue under the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF).

The two leaders further agreed on the need to convene an extra-ordinary IGAD Summit to address outstanding issues.

During his visit to Cairo, the Ethiopian Premier and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi agreed to work together beyond Nile and other bilateral issues.

They affirmed their commitment to set up a joint fund for infrastructure development, such as energy.

They also agreed to cooperate on Somalia and South Sudan peace process. Egypt also appreciated Ethiopia’s new initiative to end Ethio-Eritrea stalemate.

Moreover, Egypt freed 32 Ethiopian prisoners following the Premier’s the visit.

The prisoners arrived in Addis Ababa today.

Posted by Amare Asrat