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DPM, FM Demeke Mekonnen receives Member of U.S House Rep. Trent Kelly  

Addis Ababa, July 4, 2023 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, earlier today received Trent Kelly, a Member of the Houses of Representatives of the United States.

Their discussion focused on deepening the bilateral relations and current development in the Horn of Africa.

On the discussion representative Trent Kelly commended the Government of Ethiopia for the improvement it has made since the signing of the Pretoria Peace Agreement.

The decision of the U.S. Government to lift the human rights violation designation helps to further strengthen bilateral and international cooperation, he noted.

Kelly said Ethiopia is important partner to the U.S. and called for continued dialogue to address other outstanding issues as well.

Demeke, on his part, briefed Kelly about the ongoing socio-economic developments in Ethiopia and stated the need to support its post conflict peace-building efforts.

He also welcomed the decision of the U.S. and said Ethiopia expects continued support from the international community, at large and the U.S., in particular, in its reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.

Both sides concurred on the need for concerted efforts to address peace and security challenges in the Horn of Africa.

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