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Addis Ababa, February 10, 2019 (FBC) – Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed yesterday held meeting with Ms Federica Mogherini, European Union Commission Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The Ethiopian reform process was at the core of the talks. The High Representative renewed the support of the EU to the reform process and to accelerate peace-building and reconciliation in the country.

Welcoming the Prime Minister’s commitments to further open up the economy to the private sector, Federica Mogherini reiterated EU support in this regard, notably through the Africa-Europe Alliance and the organisation of an EU-Ethiopia Business Event in Brussels in the coming months.

Recent regional dynamics, in particular the rapprochement between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, were also discussed, and the High Representative reiterated the EU’s support to regional economic integration.

During her visit, Federica Mogherini also held the first Ministerial meeting under the EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement with Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, with whom she reviewed progress under the six sectoral dialogues and she agreed to further continue dialogue and cooperation in the coming months.

To illustrate the EU’s commitment to Ethiopia, she highlighted the recently announced package of €360 million in support of the Ethiopian reforms for 2019-2020, according to a press release issued by EU.

During her stay in Addis Ababa, she also held discussions with President Sahle-Work Zewde.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy also held discussion with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on the sidelines of the 32nd AU summit.

Guterres said UN supports Ethiopia’s efforts to maintain peace and security in the Horn of Africa region.

PM Dr Abiy also met  with Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi, Emirates Minister of State for International Cooperation.

The two parties discussed issue of mutual interest pertaining to development projects.