PM Hailemariam calls for more French investment in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, January 31 (WIC) - Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn called on France Wednesday to boost its investment activities in Ethiopia.

The Premier made the call while holding talks with French delegation led by Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius in Addis Ababa.
Hailemariam said long lived historic relations between Ethiopia and France has to be backed with more investment from French companies.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for his part commended Ethiopia’s stabilizing role in the Horn of Africa, and expressed his country’s desire to cooperate with Ethiopia on environmental protection.

Similarly, Prime Minister Hailemariam also same day held discussion with the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson on bilateral and regional issues.

On the occasion, the two countries reiterated their cooperation to work together in the efforts to maintain peace and security in Africa in particular in East Africa, including the issue of the two Sudans.

PM Hailemariam on the occasion briefed Carson that Ethiopia is finalizing preparations to host   the 2013 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum.

Carson on his part lauded Ethiopia's contribution to maintain peace and stability in neighboring countries. The Assistant Secretary also appreciated efforts of the African Union to maintain peace and stability in Mali.( ERTA)