Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn met President El-Sisi today (Monday 30th January 2017) in Addis Ababa at the margins of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.
The leaders discussed on the bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. In a joint statement issued after the meeting it was stated that both leaders recognized the paramount importance of enhancing their bilateral relations to capitalize on the achievements accomplished thus far at leadership and institutional levels, and to enhance mutual confidence.
The leaders stressed the importance of widening and deepening the scope of cooperation in various areas, including political, security, and economic fields.
On the way forward, both leaders agreed to continue to work together to enhance this relationship and to prevent any situational that could undermine its brotherly and strategic nature.
Concerning GERD, both leaders indicated that they are closely following the tripartite technical talks on GERD and affirmed their commitment to the prevailing cooperative spirit.
The leaders stressed the need to encourage closer communication and continuous consultation at the leadership and at various institutional levels on all aspects of bilateral relations, as well as on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
They also highlighted the need to boost people to people relations in order to enhance mutual public confidence. Furthermore, they emphasized the important role to be played by the media.
Both leaders agreed on the need to maintain a regular exchange of visits at different levels. In this regard, Prime Minister Haimemariam accepted an invitation from President El-Sisi to visit Egypt in the near future.