Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Kristos held discussions with Italy's Vice Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli at his office. The discussion covered bilateral issues as well as regional and transcontinental areas that affect Africa and Europe.
On the bilateral front, Vice Minister Pistelli said his government wishes to strengthen its relationship with Ethiopia and is planning to open an office for the Italian Foreign Trade Agency (ICE) here in Addis Ababa. The Vice Minister also spoke about his government's concern on the worsening condition of migration from Africa to Europe - pointing the inhuman treatment and suffering migrants go through en route to their intended destination.
State Minister Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Kristos on his part said the government welcomes ICE's desire to open an office here in Ethiopia and expressed the government's readiness to cooperate with Italy on all matters important to both countries and their respective regions. He also said that the current migration problem needs to be addressed in a way that could provide a lasting and productive solution.