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Addis Ababa, September 9, 2019 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Markos Tekle, today received a delegation led by New Zealand’s Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau.

During the talks, Dr Markos said Ethiopia is desirous to work with New Zealand in the areas of climate change, investment, economy and women empowerment.

After briefing the delegations on Ethiopia’s homegrown economic reforms, he invited investors from New Zealand to engage in dairy development in Ethiopia to benefit more from African and Middle East markets.

Fletcher Tabuteau commended the ongoing comprehensive reforms and the role Ethiopia has been playing to maintain peace and stability in the Horn region. Ethiopia is one of New Zealand’s priority countries in Africa.

The Under-Secretary said New Zealand would provide support to Ethiopia’s agriculture, knowledge transfer, renewable energy, and green development programs.

Mr Tabuteau is expected to officially open New Zealand’s new Embassy premises in Addis Ababa.
Since its opening in 2014, New Zealand’s Embassy in Addis Ababa has been housed in temporary premises.

According to him, moving to a permanent location is a symbol of New Zealand’s commitment to the region and the African Union, which is located in the Ethiopian capital.

“Opening the new building is not just about having an Embassy that is fit for purpose, but is also our way of recognising the strong state and future potential of New Zealand’s relationship with Ethiopia and with the African Union,” he said.

Mr Tabuteau will also travel to Kenya to meet with counterparts and visit New Zealand development projects.