Ethiopian FM Holds Discussions with Kenyan and South Sudanese Counterparts

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Addis Ababa February 08/2019 Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu has discussed wide-ranging issues with his Kenyan counterpart Monica Juma and South Sudanese Foreign Minister Nhial Deng today.

Following the discussion with Juma, FM Workneh said “the relation between Ethiopia and Kenya is people-to-people and we have discussed about strengthening further those relations through strategic agreements.”

They have also conferred on peace and security in the region and strengthening IGAD, he added.

Announcing the completion of the road on Kenya side, the foreign minister said “we will soon inaugurate the one border post corridor between Kenya and Ethiopia. Issues related to customs and immigration will be dealt in cooperation between officers of both countries in one place.”

He further revealed that Kenyan President Uhru Kenyata will visit Ethiopia soon on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s invitation, and the foreign ministers have discussed about his visit.

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma said “Ethiopia is our home…Kenya and Ethiopia enjoy a very special relationship, and we have been deepening our bilateral ties.”

In related news, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu also met his South Sudanese counterpart Nhial Deng and discussed mutual concerns of the two countries.

The two ministers have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations between Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Noting Ethiopia’s vital role in stabilizing South Sudan as IGAD chair, Workneh said a new era of optimism there is created in South Sudan and relations with Ethiopia will continue in a new path to strengthen bilateral ties with a renewed spirit.

The countries will reactivate bilateral relations, he stated, adding that “we have potentially a lot of significant things to do in cooperation between the two neighboring countries to benefit their people economically and natural resources, especially by linking them through investment, trade and road.

South Sudan Foreign Minister Nhial Deng said on his part Ethiopia has played instrumental role in the peace process and collaborations will continue between Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Deng said, “We will consolidate bilateral relations and promote integrations in our whole region, and very soon we will reactivate the joint ministerial commission between the countries to lay a framework for future cooperation.”

Ena

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