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Addis Ababa, October 23, 2019 (FBC) –Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit in the resort city of Sochi.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Dr Abiy briefed the Russian leader on the ongoing reform in Ethiopia.

The homegrown economic reform agenda launched in the country aims at making Ethiopia one of the top five economies in Africa over the coming ten years, he said.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy also thanked Russia for its support to Ethiopia during the war to protect its sovereignty.

The Russian President for his part called for increasing trade between Russia and Ethiopia.

“Our economic ties have been progressively developing. Certainly, the volume of trade is too small and it is not worthy of either Russia or Ethiopia,” Putin was quoted by TASS as saying.

The Russian leader noted that the parties should step up their efforts in this field.

Putin praised partnership relations between Russia and Ethiopia on the international arena, including in ensuring stable development of peace on the African continent.

“In this context, I highlight the role of an intergovernmental organization for development, where Ethiopia is now holding chairmanship,” the president said.

The president welcomed bilateral cooperation at the United Nations General Assembly.

“I’m grateful to you for traditional support and in some cases for co-authoring Russia’s resolutions at the UN General Assembly,” he stated.