President Sahlework Zewde met with Justin Trudeau

As Sahlework Zewde expresses interest for stronger economic tie with Canada, Justin Trudeau pledged Canada’s continued support to the reform process in Ethiopia

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President Sahlework Zewde having conversation with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo credit : Office of the President, Ethiopia

June 5, 2019

Ethiopia’s first women president Sahlework Zewde met with Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Wednesday in Vancouver, where Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference is underway.

They met on the sidelines of the conference.

The two leaders discussed bilateral ties between Ethiopia and Canada, Office of the President of Ethiopia disclosed on its social media page.

Sahlework reportedly told Justin Trudeau that Canada has been Ethiopia’s strong partner even under difficult circumstances.  She added that the two countries can work together in a range of areas and that Ethiopia is determined to strengthen the economic tie with Canada.

Justin Trudeau expressed his appreciation of Ethiopia’s effort to move towards a better path under difficult conditions and reaffirmed that Canada will continue to support the reform process.

On June 3, Sahlework met with President and CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iversen. She congratulated her for high turnout for the conference and expressed Ethiopia’s keenness to work with Women Deliver to promote the causes of women in Africa and globally, as disclosed by the Presidents’ office.

As well, Sahlework met with Julia Gillard, former Australian President and Chair of Global Institute for Women’s leadership.  She is the first Ethiopian leader to be in Vancouver in about half a century, according to information from her office.

In her first day in Vancouver, the Charismatic Ethiopian President met with Ethiopians and Ethiopian- Canadians in Vancouver area. She told Ethiopians to strengthen unity and build Ethiopia.

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President Sahlework Zewde posing for picture with some Ethiopians living in Vancouver area. Photo credit : Office of the President, Ethiopia

Women Deliver 2019 conference is concluding tomorrow.  It is the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls.  Over 6,000 world leaders, activists, parliamentarians, celebrities, journalists and young people attended the conference, according to organizers.

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