Amb Berhane meets with South Sudan’s Ambassador

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Addis Ababa, 13 August 2014 (WIC) - Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, met on Tuesday with the Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan to Ethiopia, Akuei Bona Malwal.

Discussions focused on the deepening and strengthening of the bilateral ties of the two countries.

Ambassador Berhane reiterated that Ethiopia stood committed to help the people of South Sudan in the cause of peace, stability and prosperity.

He noted that all countries of the IGAD region and the international community supported the peace negotiations with the view to end the suffering of the people of South Sudan and to create a harmonious region that could contribute to global peace and stability.

Ambassador Berhane affirmed that Ethiopia was absolutely committed to the realization of complete peace and stability in South Sudan.

He noted Ethiopia’s relations with the people of South Sudan had been a defining feature of consistent cooperation, common prosperity, and mutual advancement, and said Ethiopia’s peace was closely inseparable with South Sudan’s, stressing that Ethiopia highly valued the principle of “swimming together” to make important headway in assisting the parties to resolving the crisis.

Ambassador Berhane emphasized that the region was firmly united to contribute its share to the success of the peace process led by IGAD.

He said Ethiopia was always committed to support neighboring countries in times of difficulty, giving the example of its support for the peace and stability of Somalia.

He said Ethiopia gave top priority to its relations with South Sudan in order to advance and reinforce each other’s development endeavors.

Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal welcomed Ethiopia’s constructive role in the creation of enabling conditions for a political settlement of the crisis in South Sudan, and he looked forward to Ethiopia’s support for immediate resolution of the crisis.

He expressed his gratitude to the Government of Ethiopia in making Addis Ababa a venue for the talks on South Sudan’s peace and stability.

He also emphasized that his country attached special importance to a regional solution to resolve the conflict. (MoFA)