Ambassador Berhane, receives credentials of three Ambassadors

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Addis Ababa, April 4 (WIC) - State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebrechristos on Tuesday received credentials of the Ambassadors of Mauritania, the Saharawi Arab Republic and of Malaysia.

In discussions with the Mauritanian Ambassador, the State Minister expressed his hope that the Ambassador’s appointment would contribute to the strengthening of relations between the two countries.

He briefed the Ambassador on Ethiopia’s economic achievements and stability which would, he said, pave the way for stronger economic cooperation.

He expressed the Government’s readiness to work with Mauritania on issues of mutual interest including on regional security and stability both through AU and bilaterally.

The Ambassador expressed his country’s readiness to support Ethiopia’s role in Sudan, South Sudan and other efforts to maintain peace in the region.

The Ambassador of the Saharawi Arab Republic briefed the State Minister on the situation between his country and requested Ethiopia’s active role to assist.

The State Minister expressed his hope of a resolution, underlining Ethiopia’s support for an amicable settlement. In discussion with the Malaysian Ambassador who is resident in Kenya and accredited to Ethiopia, the State Minister noted the growing number of Asian countries which were opening embassies in Addis Ababa as a result of the huge investment opportunities available in Ethiopia.

He explained Ethiopia’s double digit growth over the last decade, the huge domestic market and the country’s proximity to COMESA, Gulf, Asian and European markets.

He expressed his hope that Malaysia would open an embassy in Addis Ababa, adding that Ethiopian Airlines flights to Malaysia should provide a positive contribution.

The Malaysian Ambassador noted the potential of cooperation in agriculture and agro-processing and the growing interest of Malaysians to invest in palm oil, edible oil and battery production.