Japanese PM visit to Ethiopia successful: Ambassador Dina

January 2014 (WIC) –The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Ethiopia was successful. Abe visited Ethiopia on January 13 and 14/ 2014. In his two-day visit, the premier met and held fruitful talks with Ethiopian government and AU officials.

Briefing journalists on current issues here today, MoFA Spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti, said PM Abe held a very productive talks with Ethiopian officials. During his talks with PM Hailemariam Dessalegn, PM Abe expressed his desire to support Ethiopia’s development efforts through Industrial Policy Dialogue, Ambassador Dina said.

PM Abe also pledged to fulfill all the commitments that his country made at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on International Development (TICAD), which took place last June. PM Abe also pledged to provide a total of more than 17 million US dollars to support refugees in Ethiopia, Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia and South Sudan, he said.

Regarding the current situations in South Sudan, Ambassador Dina said negotiations are progressing in Addis Ababa and there is a hope to reach ceasefire between the two sides soon. Ethiopia through the Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD) will continue to exert its utmost efforts to bring the conflict there shortly, he said.