Current Date:

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Statement Attributed to the Ethiopian Prime Minister on His Visit to Cairo

My visit to Cairo was very fruitful. We held a bilateral discussion with my brother, His Excellency President Abdel Fathah El-Sisi, and Cabinet members of his government and discussed on wide-ranging issues of bilateral, regional and International concerns. In light of the profound spiritual and social bonds that link our peoples, we also discussed ways of furthering our bilateral ties.
Having recognized the pivotal role our two nations had played in the development of our continent Africa, we agreed to work in close cooperation to tackle the challenges that we face in Africa in general and in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea region in particular.
Among others, we discussed the threats of terrorism and religious extremism. In this regard, I expressed my heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Egypt for the murderous and cowardly attacks perpetrated against Egypt by terrorist groups. The pain is ours too as much as it is yours.
We have of course, deliberated on the Nile River, a river that forms the basis of livelihood for and permanent bond between our peoples. The Nile offers, of course, and always should, the opportunity for cooperation. We agreed that, we must make sure that this great river never becomes an object of competition or mistrust.