The State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos met with a delegation from the French Senate in his office on Friday (September 20). Welcoming the delegation to Ethiopia, he took the opportunity to appreciate the French government's support for Ethiopia in the areas of politics, economics, diplomacy and security.
He emphasized the fact that France and Ethiopia have an excellent relationship. The delegation, led by M. Louis Duvernos, Senator of French citizens living abroad and Chairman of the Friendship Group "France and the Horn of Africa", affirmed its enthusiasm to improve educational cooperation, especially in introducing the French language in the educational system.
The delegation also appreciated the role of Ethiopia in helping to keep peace and security in the region. The delegation which was going to visit the Renaissance Dam asked for clarification on the current position of Ethiopia concerning the Nile. Ambassador Berhane, recalling that French was previously used within government, assured the delegation of the Government's enthusiasm to re-introduce French in the educational system. He noted that Africa was positive tracks to development and was working firmly to maintain a common position over peace and security.
On the Nile, Ambassador Berhane emphasized that the construction of the Renaissance Dam would have no negative impact on Egypt. He recalled the report produced by the International Panel of Experts, from Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan and international community. This had made it clear the construction of the dam would not cause any threat to Egypt. Ambassador Berhane reiterated his appreciation to the French government for its cooperation in different aspects, and Ethiopia's willingness to further broaden and strengthen Ethio-France relations.