Dr. Tedros holds talks with US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs

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Addis Ababa, 3 February 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhnaom held talks with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs on bilateral and regional issues last Saturday.
Dr. Tedros welcomed the support of the United States for peace and stability in the Horn of Africa and particularly for the peace negotiations of the South Sudan.
He briefed Thomas-Greenfield and her delegation on the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the Agreement on the Question of Detainees and the subsequent release of seven of the detainees. He said progress was slow, but positive. 
He explained that IGAD, and Ethiopia, would continue every effort to encourage an all-inclusive political dialogue in South Sudan. On Somalia, the Minister noted that the new cabinet and officials, some of whom he had met the last week, were looking to the bigger picture and striving for a peaceful and stable Somalia.
He noted that Prime Minister Hailemariam had strongly advised Somali President Mohamud to coordinate political and military activities to ensure there is no room for Al-Shabaab to operate.
Dr. Tedros also discussed Ethio-Eritrea relations, pointing out that Ethiopia was always ready to negotiate with Eritrea if the Government of Eritrea would accept the five principles Ethiopia had announced in 2004, where it accepted the Boundary Commission Decisions, and agreed to participate in a political dialogue with end result to normalize relations.
Mrs. Thomas-Greenfield welcomed the decision of Ethiopian troops to join AMISOM and appreciated Ethiopia’s role in regional stabilization.
She also thanked the IGAD Special Envoys for their hard work over south Sudan negotiations. She added that America fully supported the efforts of both IGAD and Ethiopia to stabilize the region.
Thomas-Greenfield extended an invitation to Ethiopia to attend the US-Africa summit which will be hosted President Barack Obama in coming August in Washington. She explained the agenda would cover further strengthening ties with Africa as it has become one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions. 
The summit, she said, would focus on youth, trade and investment in Africa, infrastructure development, energy, and agriculture.
According to her, the Summit will as well highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s peace and security, democratization, good governance and to the people of Africa. Dr. Tedros accepted the invitation on behalf of the Government.
He agreed with Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield that the longstanding relationship and cooperation between United States of America and Ethiopia should be deepened and promoted to an even higher level. (MoFA)