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Ethiopia and Israel have vowed to advance the “historic ties” as a positive imputes to bring about possible socio-economic advantages.

Leaders of the two countries announced their respective commitment to strengthen their longstanding socio-cultural relations during the current visit of Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, to Ethiopia.

The president is accompanied by a 30-member business delegation that envisaged to explore investment and trading opportunities in the East African country.

The two countries late on Thursday signed various agreement that will see them boost partnerships in health, education power and energy sectors.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Rivlin said Israel and Ethiopia “aspire to see a joint future to ensuring common concerns as food security, public health, infrastructure and energy.”

“The agreements inked today will set forth to the ever-growing ties between the two countries in addressing challenges in health, education and energy in particular,” Rivlin said.

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome during his meeting with his Israeli counterpart also said that the bilateral relations, which dated back thousands of years, should further strengthen cooperation in various untapped areas, including science and technology, agriculture, education, and healthcare.

According to Mulatu, trade relation between the two “historically connected” countries has now surpassed 160 million U.S. dollars.

According to Mulatu, Ethiopia and Israel enjoyed unique ties as more than 140,000 Israelis of Ethiopian origin, called Beth Israels, are residing in Israel.

Mulatu also hailed the first visit by a serving Israeli president to Ethiopia, which he said “marks a new chapter” in the relations of the two countries.

Rivlin also pledged the Israeli government’s continued commitment to supporting the remarkable reforms the government of Ethiopia was undertaking to ensure peace and prosperity in the country. Enditem

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