Polish president to visit Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, May 4, 2017 (FBC) - Poland's President Andrzej Duda will pay a two-day state visit to Ethiopia next Sunday.

The visit aims to drum up business for Poland and to canvass support for his country’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Duda told public broadcaster TVP that he would be accompanied by Polish businessmen on his two-day trip.

In the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Duda wants to meet officials from the African Union, which groups all countries in Africa.

Addis Ababa is also where the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is based.

Poland wants to gain the support of African countries for its efforts for a place on the UN Security Council in 2018-2019.

The Security Council consists of five veto-wielding permanent members (China, France, Russia, the UK and US), and 10 non-permanent members elected by the organisation’s General Assembly for a term of two years.

Ethiopia won the non-permanent seat on the Council in June last year with 185 out of 190 votes cast and started the two-year tenure in January this year.

One non-permanent place goes to a country from Eastern Europe.

Poland has been engaged in a flurry of diplomatic efforts in recent months to seek support for its bid to be chosen as a non-permanent member.

A vote on accepting new, non-permanent members takes place in June.

Posted by Amare Asrat