ETHIOPIAN PM URGES GERMANY TO INCREASE ASSISTANCE TO RESTORE PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN, SOMALIA

ADDIS ABABA, March 26– Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has called on Germany to increase its assistance for efforts being exerted to restore peace and stability in South Sudan and Somalia.

During his meeting with the visiting German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, here Monday, he noted that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a Horn of Africa grouping, was striving to solve the crises in the two countries through dialogue as well as by sending troops to support peace building efforts.

Hailemariam briefed the German minister about current initiatives carried out by IGAD to assess the implementation of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in Addis Ababa between the rival South Sudanese parties.

He called on Germany to provide the military training to strengthen the Somali National Army in Somalia, considering the restoration of relative peace and stability in the country. Germany had been providing training for members of the Somali National Army in Uganda.

As for the bilateral co-operation between the two countries, Hailemariam expressed the wish for enhancement of co-operation between Ethiopia and Germany.

He stressed the need for both sides to work hard to further enhance bilateral co-operation, in particular in trade and investment, according to a high level official who attended the meeting.

Dr. Steinmeier stated that Germany would continue to collaborate with IGAD and support efforts to build lasting peace in the region. He also said he had learnt that there is a favorable atmosphere for investment in Ethiopia.

SOURCE: ENA

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