Secretary Kerry to visit Ethiopia next week
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ethiopia and two other African nations from April 29 to May 5 to encourage democratic development, promote respect for human rights, advance peace and security, spokesperson of the State Department said in a statement.
According to the press statement, Secretary Kerry will co-convene the Fourth Session of the U.S.-AU High-Level Dialogue and will meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom on the possibilities of advancing peace and democracy in the region, and strengthen important areas of bilateral cooperation with Ethiopia.
The statement added that Secretary Kerry will also be accompanied by Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russell Feingold, Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issue Catherine Russell.
Last May, Secretary of State John Kerry spent most of his Memorial Day weekend in Ethiopia, attending a summit marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union and discussing with Ethiopian officials on important areas of bilateral cooperation.