Prime Minister Hailemariam met and held talks with the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson on Wednesday (January 30th). Discussions covered regional and bilateral affairs and the two sides confirmed that they would continue to work together in their efforts to maintain peace and security in Africa, and in particular in East Africa.
They agreed efforts should be exerted to improve the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan in particular. Prime Minister Hailemariam briefed Ambassador Carson on the preparations that Ethiopia is currently finalizing for its hosting of the 2013 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum.
Ambassador Carson praised Ethiopia for its contributions to maintaining peace and stability in neighboring countries and in particular in Sudan and South Sudan. The Assistant Secretary also said the US appreciated the efforts of the African Union to maintain peace and stability in Mali.