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Ethiopia, Malta sign MoU to collaborate in aviation tourism, diplomatic training

Addis Ababa, May 8, 2023 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, has received in his office today Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Malta.

During the deliberations the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the fields of aviation tourism and diplomatic training.

The two sides also discussed ways to boost bilateral, regional and international cooperation. Following their discussion, the two sides delivered a joint press statement.

Demeke expressed gratitude for Malta’s diplomatic support to Ethiopia over the last two years, as well as its initiative in the opening of its embassy in Addis Ababa last year.

As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Demeke said that Foreign Minister Ian Borg has confirmed to him that Malta is ready to take the interests of Ethiopia and Africa into account during its tenure, MFA has stated.

Ian Borg, Malta’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade on his part stated that Ethiopia is a key player in the Horn of Africa, which is why he paid his first visit to Addis Ababa.

According to Ian Borg, reaching an agreement to improve relations between his country and Ethiopia lays the groundwork for future collaboration between Ethiopia and Malta.

He stated that the agreement provides an opportunity for Malta to share its best practices, particularly in education and diplomatic training.

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