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Italian Parliamentary Delegation in Ethiopia , discuss Security issues in the Horn 

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Italian Parliamentary Delegation holding talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia (Photo : PD)

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Toronto  – An Italian Parliamentary Delegation is on a working visit to Ethiopia. Senator Stefania Craxi, President of the Senate Foreign Affairs and Defense Commission, led it. 

An update from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia said the delegation already met and held discussion with Taye Aske Selassie, Minister, in Addis Ababa. 

Bilateral, multilateral and regional issues of interest for both parties were reportedly discussed. Among topics specified in the update are “development and security challenges that are besetting the Horn of Africa.”  

It is unspecified as to what the security challenges are discussed. Ethiopia is experiencing war in two of its largest regions : Amhara and Oromia. The Ethiopian government has been criticized over failure to resolve internal problems through dialogue. As well, Al-Sbaba remains to be a threat to Ethiopia. 

Taye is cited as saying “When it comes to addressing regional security challenges, both sides emphasize the importance of cooperation and understanding among all stakeholders.”

Taye Aske Selassie described Italy’s support to Ethiopia as “realistic.”  While noting humanitarian assistance, he said development projects “will have a significant impact on the lives of many people in the region.”   

Last week, Ethiopia and Italy signed a 4.7 million Euro funding agreement to finance projects related to supporting victims of gender-based violence. Italy recently made a big move in Eritrea for a strategic partnership with its Mattei plan. Four cooperation areas are identified : Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Water and Infrastructure development including port development. 

The Parliamentary delegation that is visiting Ethiopia was in Eritrea earlier this week. 

“The Italian delegation consists of two other members of the Commission: Senator Roberto Menia, and Senator Enrico Borghi. The high level delegation led by Senator Craxi reiterated Italy’s readiness to nurture & consolidate effective partnership and cooperation between Italy & Eritrea,” said a report by the European Union

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