Ethiopia, EU Exchange Views on Development Cooperation

Addis Ababa, March 25, 2021 (Walta) – Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide, exchanged views with Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, and Janez LENARCIC, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management in Brussels yesterday.

The Minister briefed the Commissioners about overall developments in Ethiopia including the upcoming national election.

He further explained concrete steps being taken concerning the provision of humanitarian assistance and the investigation of human rights violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

The two sides also exchanged views on the current status of the Ethio-Sudan border, the GERD negotiations as well as issues concerning Ethiopia-EU development cooperation.

During the discussion, the EU side recognized the positive developments registered in allowing unfettered access and the commencement of investigation to bring to justice perpetrators for alleged crimes of human rights violations in Tigray.

They also called to strengthening this positive development.

The EU officials further noted that the EU highly values its strategic partnership with Ethiopia and its key role in the Horn of Africa region.

It’s to be recalled that the two sides reached into ‘Towards EU-Ethiopia Strategic Partnership’ in 2016.