The governments of Ethiopia and Israel have vowed their joint commitment to further bolster bilateral ties across various cooperation areas.
The two countries disclosed their respective keen interest to strengthen bilateral ties as part of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Israel, in which the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also on Sunday met with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office.
“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held bilateral discussions with their respective delegations, in which both reiterated commitment to not only sustain but elevate existing relations,” the Ethiopian PM’s Office said in a statement issued late on Sunday.
The Ethiopian premier also “recounted the long-standing and historical relations between the two countries as the basis for strengthening further engagements through investments in agriculture, irrigation, information, communication and technology, and other sectors,” the statement read.
Ahmed and Netanyahu also presided over the signing of a five-point joint declaration accord, in which the two countries “agreed to further strengthen the bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries in accordance with the respective laws and regulations of the parties, and bilateral agreement signed between them,” according to the Ethiopian PM’s office.
According to the Ethiopian PM’s office, the two countries as part of the five-point joint declaration accord have also “agreed to further strengthen their cooperation to implement the agreements signed at various levels in the areas of agriculture, water, irrigation, health and science, and technology.”
The two countries also agreed to examine the possibilities of concluding additional agreements in other fields of cooperation, including cybersecurity, telecommunication, and space science and technology, it was noted.
Exploring the establishment of additional mechanisms, as appropriate, to monitor the implication of agreements and provide solutions to problems that may arise in the implementation of the agreements, was also said to be another ambition of the two countries.
The two countries, “within the limits of their available resources, will encourage review and follow up of the implementation of agreements between the two countries,” the statement from the Ethiopian PM’s office read.
According to Ethiopia’s state-run news agency ENA, Ahmed’s visit to Israel, among other things, aimed at “bolstering the exiting bilateral and historical relations” between the two countries.
“I’m here to express my readiness to reinvigorate our relationship. We need to build it on common interests,” ENA quoted Ahmed as saying.
Ahmed, who noted that the Ethiopia-Israeli relation to be guided by a strategic partnership, also underscored that the two countries should focus on key areas, such as modern agriculture and irrigation, information communication technology (ICT), health as well as the tourism sectors.
He further invited Israeli investors to invest in Ethiopia in key industry sectors, including in telecoms, aviation, logistics, and energy. Enditem