Norwegian PM Erna Solberg says her country will support Ethiopia’s effort to re-establish navy

Norway pledged to offer capacity building support, among other things, to Ethiopia’s effort to re-establish navy

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Norwegian PM Erna Solberg sees as PM Abiy puts his signature. Photo credit : OPME

December 11, 2019

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed is making his Nobel Peace Prize trip to Norway a working visit too. A day before the event, he met with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. His office disclosed that the two prime ministers discussed issues of political and economic nature concerning the reform measure that Abiy Ahmed is leading.

And a day after ceremonious Nobel Peace Prize event at Oslo City where Abiy Ahmed gave a highly rated Nobel Lecture, he is meeting with his Norwegian counterpart, Erna Solberg.

Re-establishing Ethiopia’s navy was among the issues discussed in their meeting. The Office of Prime Minister of Ethiopia disclosed that the two leaders have agreed to collaborate in the area. Norway pledges support in terms of capacity building and exchange programs among other things. According to local news sources, Ethiopia has sent about 1000 navy recruits to Russia for training. France is also involved in the effort to rebuild the Ethiopian navy.  

The two leaders have also discussed regional peace and stability, based on information from the office of the Prime Minister.

Abiy Ahmed also met with Tone Trøen, the President of the Norwegian Parliament, a customary practice Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Addis Ababa City administration has organized a “hero’s welcome” as Abiy returns from Norway on Thursday in the morning. 

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