State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Markos Tekle, today received British Group of Inter-parliamentary Union (BGIPU) at his offices today.
On the occasion he underlined that Ethiopia and the UK have enjoyed strong and long-standing relationship.
He said, “Our long-standing and important relationship has garnered practical outcomes.”
Dr. Markos noted that Ethiopia is undertaking sweeping reforms in good governance, opening up of political space and advancing democratization.
“We appreciate UK’s support to Ethiopia’s efforts in advancing democratization, institutional building and economic development,” he added.
The State Minister also underlined the importance of strengthening parliamentary cooperation between the two countries as well as sharing experiences in areas of ensuring good governance, and enhancing the participation of women and civil society in the democratic process.
The British Inter-Parliamentary Group expressed UK’s continued commitment to support Ethiopia’s endeavor to ensure regional peace and stability and economic integration in the Horn of Africa.
While commending the ongoing reforms in Ethiopia, they assured the State Minister of UK’s support in areas of institutional capacity building.
The UK was among the first countries to open an embassy in Addis Ababa, while Ethiopia was the first African country to establish an embassy in London.