Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Ethiopia
On March 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov paid a working visit to Addis Ababa and met with Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn and President Mulaty Teshome Wirtu. He also held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu.
During engaging conversations on a wide range of Russian-Ethiopian cooperation issues, the officials discussed promising areas of further promoting mutually beneficial partnership in trade, the economy and investment, with an emphasis on implementing joint projects in energy, including nuclear energy, agriculture, transport, geological research, science and technology in Ethiopia. The sides stressed the importance of continuing cooperation in the humanitarian sphere and in personnel training.
Moscow and Addis Ababa reaffirmed their mutual commitment to further promoting trust-based political dialogue and closely coordinating action on the global stage, including in the UN Security Council, where Ethiopia is a non-permanent member, based on the fundamental provisions of international law and the UN Charter. The sides stressed that there were no alternative to all states joining efforts to effectively counter today’s challenges and threats, first of all terrorism.
Speaking about current regional issues, the officials focused on resolving conflicts and stabilising the situation in Africa, in particular on the Horn of Africa, in line with the principle that African problems require African solutions. They noted the need for the international community's further assistance in the settlement process in Somalia, South Sudan, the Sahara-Sahel region, and the African Great Lakes region.