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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 19 August 2018

UAE minister visits Ethiopia to discuss joint co-operation 

Minister of State for International Co-operation met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to discuss the two countries working together 

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, on Friday in Addis Ababa. Wam
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, on Friday in Addis Ababa. Wam

The Minister of State for International Co-operation, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, on Friday met with the prime minister of Ethiopia to discuss joint co-operation between the two countries.

During a visit to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Ms Al Hashemy discussed with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed the two countries working together on vital areas of energy, infrastructure, investment, free industrial zones and civil aviation.

She also held a series of meetings with Ethiopian senior officials, tackling bilateral relations.

There has been increased diplomatic activity between the two countries since the visit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to Addis Ababa in mid-June this year.

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The visit saw the signing of a number of memorandums of understanding on investment, cultural co-operation and development projects.

In July, Abu Dhabi welcomed Prime Minister Ahmed and a tripartite meeting between Sheikh Mohammed, Mr Ahmed and the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki.

It led to a landmark peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea following a 20-year 'state of war' between the two countries.

Sheikh Mohammed called the peace agreement a "bold and historic step" that opened "new horizons for co-operation and joint co-ordination".

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