Ethiopia, Britain to enhance efforts to ensure peace, stability in Horn

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Addis Ababa, February 16, 2013 (WIC) - Ethiopia and Britain vowed to further strengthen ongoing efforts to ensure peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn yesterday discussed with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg ways of ensuring sustainable peace and stability in the Horn in particular in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

Hailemariam said that Ethiopia and Britain reached agreement to work jointly towards enabling the London Conference on Somalia contribute share in ensuring peace and stability in the Horn.

Meanwhile, the two parties have agreed to work closely in the effort to enhance trade and investment flow between the two countries.
Ethiopia has become investment destination for British companies and investors since recent years, Hailemariam said, adding, tax collection reform program being implemented with the support of the British government enabled Ethiopia double the revenue from tax during the last four years.

The Premier said that Ethiopia, which is the current chair of the African Union and Britain the current president of the G-8 will work in collaboration on issues related to trade and investment as well as in maintaining a transparent tax collection system. He said Ethiopia is desirous of drawing experiences from Britain on human rights affairs and building democracy.
Clegg on his part said the British government will work closely with Ethiopia on socio-economic and political affairs in the Horn of Africa.

Efforts will be exerted to further strengthen existing bilateral relations between the two countries.
Also yesterday, Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held talks with UK Deputy Prime Minister Clegg on different issues of concern.

Briefing journalists following the talks, Dr. Tedros said that UK is Ethiopia's best ally and there is a very strong partnership in trade, investment, development cooperation and other areas. “We had a very candid discussion, very honest one and very fruitful. And we hope this will take our partnership even to a higher level,” he added.

Clegg on his part said: “We made a positive meeting. We cover a number of issues. We also talked about the importance of working together to enhance commercial opportunities. (ENA)