State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, met with the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the State of Qatar, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al- Thani on Tuesday (November 11). Ambassador Berhane briefed the Prime Minister on issues relating to the Horn of Africa region and on Ethiopia’s efforts to secure regional peace and promote cooperation.
He noted the readiness of the Ethiopian Government to work closely with the State of Qatar on bilateral issues as well as to coordinate and complement efforts to bring regional peace and stability in the Horn sub-region. Ambassador Berhane thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality accorded to the Ethiopian delegation, and appreciated the support given to the Ethiopian Embassy in Doha. The Prime Minister noted the importance the State of Qatar attaches to its relations with Ethiopia. He expressed confidence that the Joint Special Committees, recently formed to follow up ratification and implementation of agreements, would function effectively as a mechanism to assess ways to further strengthen relations.
The Joint Technical Committee met on Monday (November 10) in Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It reviewed the status of agreements signed between the two governments and explored areas for further cooperation particularly in trade and investment. Qatar has indicated its interest to explore further the available opportunities for investment in Ethiopia in agriculture, mining, renewable energy and sugar processing. Both sides agreed on the importance of the aviation sector in expanding people-to-people as well as business relations.
They said the two flag carriers, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways, should be encouraged to work closely together for their mutual benefit. During its visit, the Ethiopian delegation also met with members of the Ethiopian Community residing in Doha at the Ethiopian Embassy. Ambassador Berhane gave a briefing on recent developments in Ethiopia and thanked the community for their continued support to development efforts in Ethiopia, particularly for the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Those that had contributed to the GERD by buying bonds were given bond certificates. The number of Ethiopians residing in Qatar is estimated at over 20,000.