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Ethiopia – Algeria ties at highest level: Ambassador

Addis Ababa, September 25, 2023 (FBC) – Algerian Ambassador to Ethiopia Salah Francis Elhamd said the age-long bilateral relationship between the two countries has now reached its height due to joint efforts.

Approached by EPA, Ambassador Elhamd indicated the relation between Ethiopia and Algeria has reached the highest stage in history. The two countries have been hugely engaged to implement the long-awaited economic cooperation accords.

“Seeing the implementation of agreements that put our holistic cooperation in a solid base is really exciting and it is one of the greatest achievements that I witnessed in my 10-year diplomatic tenure here.”

Lauding the two countries’ strong political and diplomatic ties, the Ambassador stressed that the economic relation still needs more of a push from both sides.

“Politically, Ethiopia was one of few African nations which supported Algeria’s War of Independence and the two countries maintained warm diplomatic ties since the latter’s independence in 1962,” he said.

“The people and government of Algeria are very much grateful for Ethiopia’s support during our war of independence and there is a strong enthusiasm to transform such historical ties to robust economic and investment cooperation,” the Ambassador added.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Algeria Nebiat Getachew said for his part that the commencement of direct flights between Addis Ababa and Algiers is an important move in creating economic cooperation.

“During his visit to Algiers, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) conferred with Algerian officials on ways to attract pharmaceutical companies to Ethiopia’s market. Algerians firms have the reputation on the manufacturing of pharmaceutical facilities and their entry to Ethiopia’s untouched market would bring immense benefits for both sides.”

Mentioning the Algerian Chamber of Commerce President’s involvement in the Air Algérie’s inaugural flight to Ethiopia, Ambassador Nebiat pointed to the possible discussion on trade diplomacy in the coming few days.

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