27 May 2013

Ethiopia: Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Meets With Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci

Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros met with Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci, on the sidelines of the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union to discuss bilateral relations and the reinforcement of cooperation between the two countries.

Dr. Tedros welcomed Algeria's interest in strengthening bilateral relations and said that Ethiopia valued their historic relationship and hoped to formalize a strategic partnership in the future. Mr. Medelci agreed on the issue of a strategic partnership and welcomed the decision to open an Ethiopian embassy in Algiers.

He said Air Algeria was studying the possibility of creating a direct air link between Addis Ababa and Algiers. He noted that Algeria was hosting the peace and Security Ministerial Meeting at the end of June and he hoped Dr. Tedros would be able to attend. If not he invited Dr. Tedros for a bilateral visit. Mr. Medelci said there was a need for pragmatic political consultations over the Sahel.

He said cooperation should focus on trade and investment and underlined that a partnership agreement was central to future relations. He thought other agreements were necessary including an air aviation agreement. Dr. Tedros, who said he hoped to be able to visit Algeria in June, said that strong trade and investment relations were the key to close relations. He agreed that the situation in the Sahel was of great concern, noting that the IGAD region also faced the same terrorism. It fully understood Algeria's problem.

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