Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen held talks today with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov on various issues of mutual interest.
Mr. Demeke, while briefing the press following the discussion, said that the fruitful discussion the two ministers had reaffirmed that Ethiopia and the Russian Federation have shared values and interests in various areas.
He said, the two sides have agreed to continue strengthening their relations in terms of economy, trade, science and technology.
Regarding the tripartite negotiation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister explained Ethiopia’s commitments to be abide by principled discussions that pave the way for mutual benefits.
During the discussion, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister indicated that Ethiopia attaches significant importance to the longstanding historical relations with the Russian Federation and appreciated Russia’s unwavering support to Ethiopia during difficult times of need.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also briefed his Russian counterpart on current national issues in Ethiopia.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on his part, conveyed to Mr. Demeke, the message sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Lavrov also called the Ethio-Russia relationships delightful and effective while noting the need to hold a meeting of the joint commission of the two countries.
The Russian Foreign Minister further said that Russia would continue to work together with Ethiopia on international and regional issues.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Ethiopia, its his last leg on his African tour. The Minister highlighted various cooperation areas between the two countries. President Sahle-Work Zewde pointed out the longstanding relation with their respective countries and the desire to reinforce the bilateral partnership. The President and the Minister discussed on other international affairs. The Russian foreign Minister visited Uganda, DR Congo and Egypt before arriving in Ethiopia.