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Addis Ababa, February 10, 2019 (FBC) – The third Ethio-France Political Consultation began today in Addis Ababa with the discussions covering wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern.

In his opening remark, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Markos Tekle said Ethiopia and France have longstanding and historical relations

He said Ethiopia and France have converging interests on mutually important issues of regional peace and stability, fighting terrorism, cooperation on climate change and other matters important for strengthening cooperation between the two friendly countries.

“Ethiopia’s relation with France is significantly important and there is a need to broaden and diversify cooperation in the fields of various areas including trade, investment, innovation and education,” he said.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic noted France also attaches great importance to its relations with Ethiopia and said there was a framework on its side to expand these in the future.

The growing interest of French investment in Ethiopia was one aspect of this and the Government, he said, was working closely with the French private sector in order that they invest in Ethiopia.

Jean-Baptiste commended Ethiopia’s reform agenda that has addressed issues of inclusive democracy, Diaspora engagement as well as good governance issues, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

France and Ethiopia maintain strong political relations as can be seen in the numerous bilateral visits between the two states.