Michael Pompeo
Michael Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has emphasized his country’s support for the ongoing socioeconomic reforms in Ethiopia.

Pompeo, who is in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa as part of his maiden trip to Ethiopia in particular and the African continent in general which aimed at reinforcing bilateral as well as regional cooperation, on late Tuesday addressed a joint press conference together with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew.

“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reforms are driving growth and encouraging American business to expand right here in Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s business-friendly climate has made it a welcome place for American companies like Coca-Cola and PVH, the makers of iconic brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. They’re all expanding here,” Pompeo told journalists.

“Today, more American businesses are looking to get in, and investors are interested in everything,” Pompeo said, as he also emphasized that “investments in security provide the stability that allows Ethiopian citizens and citizens of other nations to flourish.”

Ethiopian Foreign Minister on his part also stressed that his country “attaches great importance to its cooperation with the United States as the ongoing reform program.”

According to Andargachew, Pompeo’s visit to the East African country, among other thing, envisaged on strengthening the ongoing political and economic bilateral relations of the two countries. This gives us opportunities to discuss regional, continental and global issues of mutual concern.

While in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the visiting U.S. Secretary of State on Tuesday evening met with senior Ethiopian government officials including the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, as they discussed the diplomatic relations and bilateral cooperation between the two countries, according to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

On Wednesday, Pompeo also met with Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He had also on Tuesday met with Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The U.S. Secretary of State is visiting Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia on his maiden African trip. Pompeo arrived in the East African country after concluding his visit to Senegal and Angola. Enditem

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