Ethiopia to snatch Eritrea’s last friends? After Saudi last week, Qataris are in Addis



A High-level Qatari Delegation led by Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohamed Abdurrahman Jassim Al-Thani is in Addis Ababa for an official visit to the country (December 19-20, 2016).

This morning, the Qatari Foreign Minister held bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and discussed on a range of issues including strengthening the historic ties between the two countries, widening business and investment exchanges, as well as enhancing cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh reviewed the long standing and historic ties between Ethiopia and the State of Qatar, commended the agreement reached to establish the Joint Ministerial Commission as well as reiterated the recent High-level visits held between the leaders of the two countries.

He noted the growing partnership of the two countries in the areas of trade, investment, and infrastructure development and called for further strengthening the bilateral cooperation in those areas.

The Minister also noted cooperation in areas including the financing of public and private sectors and investments on the energy sector should further be explored.

Noting that this was his first visit to Ethiopia as well as to Africa, the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohamed Abdurrahman Jassim Al-Thani commended the Government and the people of Ethiopia for the warm Ethiopian hospitality accorded to his delegation.

The Minister stressed Qatar is very much willing to enhance cooperation with Ethiopia in various frontiers.  While welcoming the growing bilateral ties between the the two countries, the Qatari Foreign Minister emphasized on the need to further elevate the investment and economic partnerships.

Ethiopia is growing rapidly, sectors for business and investment ties are widening and the potential for cooperation is high, he added.

The Qatari Foreign Minister also congratulated Ethiopia for being a non-permanent member of the UNSC.

The Minister is expected to meet President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, and Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn later today.

Source: Sources and MOFA Ethiopia