Ethiopia, Spain to Height Cooperation to New Phase

Ethiopia and Spain have agreed to heighten their bilateral and multi-faceted cooperation to a new level.

Ethiopia’s State Minister Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene and her Spanish counterpart Ildefonso Castro have agreed on the importance to consolidate the ties during the bilateral consultations held in Addis Ababa.

The ministers have exchanged views on issues of mutual interest as well as regional and international issues and agreed to intensify the long standing bilateral ties to a higher level.

Trade, investment and tourism are among the major areas of cooperation that need to be further consolidated, according to spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meles Alem.

Twenty Spanish companies are currently engaged in various sectors in Ethiopia.

The two sides have shown interest to share experiences on peace and security issues as Spain has served as non- permanent member in the UN Security Council while Ethiopia was earlier elected to serve in the Council.

Spain gives special attention to Ethiopia as it contributes a lot to the country’s efforts to build relationship with Africa, Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Ildefonso Castro said.

The Minister said that Spain will continue to provide support for Ethiopia in the area of capacity building especially through scholarship programs.

The Minister appreciated Ethiopia’s role in ascertaining lasting peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

The Minister invited his counterpart Hirut Zemene to pay visit to Madrid, Spain in the coming month according to Meles.

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