Ethiopia, Togo Keen to Step Up Cooperation –

by Zelalem

The two sides expressed interest to strengthen the long-standing political and diplomatic ties.

Togolese President Faure Essozimma Gnassingbe has been paying a three-day official visit to Ethiopia aimed at bolstering cooperation between the two countries.

He was welcomed on arrival at Bole International Airport by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn last Tuesday.

The two leaders later held bilateral discussions focusing on fostering cooperation in the areas of aviation, agriculture, culture, tourism, technical cooperation and South-South cooperation in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

The two sides also signed bilateral cooperation agreements covering Tourism and Culture and MoU to establish a Joint Technical Committee.

Prime Minister Hailemariam emphasized that Ethiopia gives importance to its relations with Togo since the two countries have long-standing political and diplomatic ties.

He stressed that they had areas of cooperation that should be further augmented.

The Premier noted the bilateral Air Services and General Cooperation Agreements signed between the two countries as well as the numerous visits indicate the wish both sides have to explore further cooperation.

Hailemariam said that the partnership and agreements between Ethiopia and Togo played a pivotal role in the sustainable growth and prosperity of both peoples.

He noted that the unprecedented economic growth in many African countries had resulted in the “Africa Rising” narrative, but Africa still faces challenges including unemployment, climate change and drought, instability and terrorism which need to be addressed.

He emphasized the importance of African countries working closely to deal with these challenges and resolve problems.

_President Gnassingbe praised the Ethiopian government and people for the warm hospitality extended to the Togolese delegation.

He said he was honored to be visiting a country with such rich culture and history undergoing such impressive economic development._

President Gnassingbe said Togo was committed to the solidarity of two brotherly countries. Ethiopia was recognized as a country committed to African solidarity. This was shown by the creation of OAU/AU and Ethiopia’s current economic development and transformation.

The Togolese President said he and his delegation highly value their visit.” We look forward to cooperate in the areas of fighting terrorism, culture and tourism, aviation and infrastructure and the Sustainable Development Goals”.

President Gnassingbe also expressed his condolences to the people and government of Ethiopia over the tragic loss of lives at the Irrecha festival, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The president yesterday attended the inauguration of the Addis Ababa -Djibouti Railway Project.

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