Ethiopia, Niger sign a General Cooperation Agreement

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Addis Ababa, 3 February 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, signed a General Cooperation Agreement on Saturday (February 1) with the aim of strengthening cooperation and partnership between the two countries. 
The Agreement as well is intended to address the contemporary challenges and to realize sustainable development in the continent through stronger cooperation in matters of mutual interest in multilateral forums.
Following the signing ceremony, Dr. Tedros commended the desire and commitment of the Government of Niger to sign the Cooperation Agreement with Ethiopia with the view to deepen the bilateral relations of the two countries.
He also noted that the Cooperation Agreement would be a foundational basis and framework to coordinate efforts to tackle regional and global challenges. It would help the two countries to work closely in various fields, including trade, investment, peace, and security, he indicated.
Hailing the friendship and the existing relations between the two nations, he suggested that there should be closer collaboration and coordination to expand and strengthen the bilateral relations based on mutual benefit and mutual help.
He expressed his appreciation to the government of Niger to its dedication to the revitalization of the Pan-African project of African integration.
Mohamed Bazoum on his part mentioned that the agreement would help the two countries to cooperate and work for the realization of African Renaissance.
Niger was fully committed to consolidate its bilateral relations with Ethiopia to hasten and advance development projects, he added.