Sisi's visit to Ethiopia to open ‘great cooperation’ prospects

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Addis Ababa, 23 June 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopian Ambassador to Cairo Mahmoud Dirir said the anticipated visit of Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Ethiopia would open great prospects for cooperation between the two countries.

In an interview with Egypt’s OnTV Live Channel on Saturday, The Ethiopian ambassador to Egypt described the upcoming meeting as positive for Egypt and Ethiopia.

There have been tensions in relations between Egypt and Ethiopia recently despite the strong historical and religious ties linking the two peoples, Dirir added.

He called on officials to work on strengthening relations between the two countries and not to limit them to the Nile water crisis.

Dirir pointed out that Ethiopia backed Egypt's return to the African Union, adding that an Ethiopian popular diplomatic delegation will visit Egypt soon to strengthen relations between the two peoples.

Egypt’s new president is expected to visit Addis Ababa in two weeks, where he will meet with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.