Ethiopia, Egypt should work on other issues to deepen ties

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Addis Ababa, 5 September 2014 (WIC) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Ethiopia and Egypt have many issues other than the Nile they should work together to deepen bilateral relationships.   

The time has passed for the two countries to be engaged in disagreements and mistrust, the Egyptian Minister said.     

While discussing with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Hailemariam said there are a number issues the two countries have to be engaged for enhanced cooperation.   

The two countries should cooperate in health, agriculture, education and the aviation industry, the Premier said.   

The relationship between Ethiopia and Egypt has enhanced since he met with President el-Sisi in Malabo at the sidelines of the AU Summit, he noted.

He affirmed that it is Ethiopia's desire to further enhance the bilateral relationship with Egypt, according to a high level official who attended the meeting.

After the discussion, the Egyptian FM told reporters that the time has passed for the two countries to engaged in disagreements and mistrust.      

It is the stand of the Egyptian government that the relationship with Ethiopia should be based on mutual benefit, he added.   

He said that he understands that Ethiopia has no desire to hurt Egypt.   

According to ENA, The two parties have agreed to convene the joint ministerial meeting in Addis Ababa in September, which he said will boost cooperation between the two countries.