PM Abiy leaves for Sochi to attend Russia-Africa Summit

ADDIS ABABA: October 22 (EI) – The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed left here on Tuesday to Russia to attend the first Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, slated from October 23 to 24.

Ahmed headed to Russia to attend the first Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, scheduled to be held in the Russian city Sochi from October 23 to 24, which mainly aimed to strengthen political and socio-economic relations among the African continent and Russia, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) reported on Tuesday.

Last month, Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Russia had discussed on further deepening bilateral ties with special emphasis given to cooperation in technology, aviation industry and culture sectors.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gedu Andargachew, during his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in the Russian capital Moscow last month, had also emphasized the vital imperative to further deepen bilateral ties among two “friendly countries,” according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The Ethiopian foreign minister also called on Russian companies to consider trade and investment opportunities in Ethiopia.

In February last year, Ethiopia and Russia had commemorated their 120 years of diplomatic relations, with particular praise to relations in the economic, political and international matters.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Prime Minister also earlier on Tuesday met with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to discuss on issues related with regional peace and security issues.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, during his meeting with members of the UNSC, mainly highlighted “attitudinal change, understanding the value of peace and leadership without ego as key components to unlock and sustain regional peace,” according to a statement issued by the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office.

Members of the Security Council, who congratulated Ahmed for his recent Nobel Peace Prize award, also “requested his inputs for regional peace,” it was noted.

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