Ethiopia and EU Sign Historic Joint Declaration Towards Strategic Engagement
Awramba Times (Brussels) – Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Union (EU) Commission, today signed a historic partnership that enables Ethiopia and EU to jointly address a number of regional and global issues of common interest and to enhance the partnership on bilateral issues to a more strategic level.
“the EU and Ethiopia have enjoyed a very close and comprehensive cooperation since the Lomé Convention and Ethiopia attaches great importance to our strategic partnership with the EU” said PM Hailemariam Desalegn while addressing on the occasion of European Development Days in Brussels, Ewnetu Bilata, special assistant to the prime minister told Awramba Times.
The EU and Ethiopia look back on 40 years of constructive bilateral relations in areas of diverse cooperation such as trade and economic development, consolidation of democratic institutions, regional peace and security.
Ethiopia is one of the EU’s most important partners on the African continent, active in regional peace and security (amongst others in Somalia and South Sudan and as chair of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and as the number one contributor to UN peacekeeping operations from Africa) as well as on thematic international debates such as climate change.
According to ato Ewnetu, PM Hilemariam also discussed with heads of governments and intergovernmental organizations such as Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, on the sideline of the European Development Days event, in Brussels.