Ambassador Dina Mufti Briefs Journalists On Various Issues

Ambassador Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, briefed local journalists on Wednesday (March 19) on the official visit of President Kenyatta, the 25th Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government and on the GERDP.

Ambassador Dina said President Kenyatta’s visit (March 10-12) helped Ethiopia and Kenya deepen and strengthen their bilateral ties in various areas including agriculture, trade, investment and business.

President Kenyatta held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam and other high-level officials on regional and global affairs and their discussions added impetus to further enhancement of the bilateral partnership and cooperation in promoting peace and stability in South Sudan and Somalia.

Ambassador Dina said both sides were willing to aance their bilateral cooperative partnership to a higher level through the Joint Ministerial Commission and the Special Status Agreement. He also they had agreed to fight against terrorism, piracy, climate change, illegal human and drug trafficking, droughts and other crimes in the region. They had agreed to use trans-boundary resources equitably and reasonably.

President Kenyatta had underlined Kenya’s commitment to the equitable and reasonable use of the Nile waters as well as to ratification of the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement in the coming weeks.

Ambassador Dina said the 25th Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government had expressed its appreciation of the work of the Special Envoys and other partners for their efforts in working for peace and reconciliation of the parties involved in the ongoing South Sudan conflict.

He emphasized that the Summit had recommended that the parties should commit themselves fully to implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and disengage themselves from the ongoing violence.

The Summit had also welcomed the recent successes of the allied forces of the Somali National Army and AMISOM in the fight against Al-Shabaab. Ambassador Dina said the Summit had stressed that the international community and IGAD should continue to support the Somali people in their march towards creation of a stable, unified and prosperous Somalia.

Concerning the GERDP, Ambassador Dina noted Ethiopia was committed to closely work with Egypt and other riparian countries under the spirit of mutual benefit and a win-win approach. He made it clear that Ethiopia was ready to continue sustained dialogue and constructive discussion on the GERDP, underlining that GERDP could provide a source for regional cooperation, partnership and integration.

Source : Government of Ethiopia

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