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PM Abiy meets with Brazilian president Lula da Silva

Addis Ababa, February 16, 2024 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) today received and held a discussion with the President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

“Today, it is my honor to extend an official welcome to Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his State visit to Ethiopia,” PM Abiy said via a post on his social media page.

During their discussions, the two leaders have addressed various bilateral and multilateral issues, reflecting the depth of the Ethiopia-Brazil relationship. “As Ethiopia joins the esteemed ranks of the BRICS group, we eagerly anticipate strengthened collaboration with Brazil, viewing our meeting as a pivotal step towards forging a robust partnership, the Premier added.

According to the Office of the Prime Minister, PM Abiy and President Lula da Silva engaged in substantive discussions aimed at bolstering cooperation and nurturing a more profound partnership. Following a State banquet in honor of President Lula da Silva, both leaders planted coffee plants at Unity Park, showcasing their mutual commitment to environmental stewardship and shared appreciation for coffee culture.

Ethiopia and Brazil’s diplomatic relations, spanning over six decades, have commerce at their core, the PM Office stated.

Earlier today, President Lula da Silva, along with First Lady Janja Lula Silva, visited the Adwa Victory Memorial Monument and laid a wreath at the monument. During his visit to the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum, the Brazilian leader’s delegation was accompanied by Mayor of Addis Ababa Ms. Adanech Abiebie and Minister of Finance.

Note that the Brazilian president has arrived in Addis Ababa late last night for an official state visit to Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

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