The Ethiopian Herald Addis Ababa Worku Belachew
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Ethiopia and EU to add further impetus to their relations.

Ethiopia and European Union (EU) affirmed the need for forging a broad spectrum cooperation as Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Claudia Wiedey, Head of European External Action Service (EEAS) for Horn of Africa, East Africa and Indian Ocean held talks here yesterday.

Recalling the strategic engagement signed between the EU and Ethiopia this year, she noted that the agreement gave further impetus to the relations the two sides cherished for many years.

The strategic engagement focuses on six sectoral dialogues: regional peace and security; countering terrorism and violent radicalization; migration; social and economic development, investment and trade; governance and human rights as well as climate change and environmental cooperation.

Minister Dr. Workheh said for his part: « We focus on the partnership that we build over the years, I think, that is the most important one. »

Mentioning Ethiopia’s commitment towards establishing a continuous dialogue for enhanced cooperation on migration and mobility, Dr. Workneh noted, especially as the chair of the next EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative meeting, the country would closely work on creating a framework for policy and dialogue and also on sharing knowledge and experiences to strengthen cooperation.

The minister noted the government’s thriving efforts in bringing about the necessary solutions to fill socio-economic gaps within the society and mentioned the positive responses garnered from the public.