Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ,Liberian President , is on a three days visit to Ethiopia since yesterday. She was welcomed by Ethiopian minister of culture,Hirut Woldemariam, upon arrival at Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa, according to report by state media.
Talks with Hailemariam Desalegne, Prime Minister, and Mulatu Teshome, President of Ethiopia, are scheduled.
Meeting at the level of heads of state will focused on bilateral issues in the areas of commerce and diplomacy in regional blocks in Africa and in international relations. In terms of trade, MoU is reportedly singed in the areas of livestock and fishery- among others. As well, there is interest to work together in the education and health sector.
President of Ethiopia does not have considerable executive power. And focus of the meeting between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mulatu Teshome is not clear.
Ellen expressed interest for improved trade relations in Africa and between the two countries. Hailemariam Desalenge reportedly told the Liberian President that Ethiopia will be a voice for Africa at the Security Council of the United Nations in the areas of climate change and other matters of concern to the African continent.
According to Fana report, Ellen and Hailemariam met recently on the sidelines of African Union Meeting in Addis Ababa at the end of January.
Liberia is a member of Economic Community of West African States. Liberia was ravaged by civil war in the 90’s. Liberia witnessed visible stability since Ellen came to office in 2006.
Ethiopia is a member of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development an economic bloc in Eastern Africa. There has been widespread anti-government protest in Ethiopia recently and the country is still under state of emergency rule.
Video Below shows reception for Ellen at the National Palace in Addis Ababa.
Video credit : DW Amharic
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