Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia to attend Russia-Africa summit,will meet Sisi

Ethiopian Prime Minister will hold talks with Egyptian president on the sidelines of Russia-Africa summit

Russia-Africa summit _ Abiy Ahmed  _Sisi
Photo credit: EBC

October 22, 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Russia on Tuesday afternoon to attend the Russia-Africa summit which will take place in the city of Sochi.

It is scheduled to happen between October 23 and 24 at the  Sirius Park of Science and Art. And the summit is said to be the first of its kind in the post-cold war era.  An economic partnership including in the areas of construction and agricultural sectors are among key agenda items in the meeting.

Leaders from 35 African countries will attend it, according to Ethiopian state media, EBC.

Abiy Ahmed is expected to meet with President Vladimir Putin and other African countries including Egyptian leader Abdul Fetah el-Sisi who is also currently chairperson of the African Union.

Sisi will be co-chairing the summit along with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  In a message to the participants, President Sisi said “The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states and the peaceful resolution of disputes.”

His country, however, is pushing for international mediation to resolve differences with Ethiopia on matters of the Grand Renaissance Dam. And Ethiopia is accusing Egypt of disrespecting the sovereignty of Ethiopia as the North African Arab nation proposes to open an office in the Ethiopian project site to monitor the operation and water filling of the Dam, among other things.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s meeting with the Egyptian President, on the sidelines of the summit, will focus on the impasse in connection with the dam.

There seems to be mounting pressure in Egypt for military action against Ethiopia which Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sees as an unproductive approach.

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