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Ethiopia; US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit Addis Ababa

Addis ababa- On his first official trip to Africa from March 6-13, 2018, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is to visit Ethiopia from March 7-9 2018, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Meles Alem told The Reporter.

In his working visit to Ethiopia scheduled for next week, Tillerson, will exchange views on aspects of peace and security specifically in the Horn of Africa region and in the entire continent and the fight against terrorism as well as looking for ways to further US-Africa cooperation on democracy and development.

It is to be recalled that, Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD), was visiting the US a week ago and discussed over variety of matters related to bilateral, regional and continental issues with many officials and senators of the US, including the ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

During his visit, it was also revealed that the two sides agreed to strengthen their continued commitment to reinforce their partnership promote regional peace and security, the fight against terrorism, enhancing development, the buildup of democracy and the protection of human rights.

As part of his trip to Africa, Secretary Tillerson will also visit Kenya, Nigeria, and Chad.

According to the statement by the state department, Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership of the African Union Commission based in Addis Ababa, to further the partnerships with the governments and peoples of Africa.

“In particular, he plans to discuss ways we can work with our partners to counter terrorism, advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment,” the posted on the website of the Department of State read.

During his trip, he will also meet with US Embassy personnel and participate in events related to US government-supported activities.

Back in January, it can be recalled that US President Donald Trump reportedly singled out Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” whose people were not the kind of immigrants the United States wanted.

Trump denied saying it, but the reports led to a cascade of swift condemnation, including a United Nations spokesman describing the president’s comments as “racist.”

Diplomatic relations between the two were established on December 27, 1903, when King of Ethiopia Menelik II and US representative, Robert P. Skinner signed a treaty of commerce in which the two states agreed to receive representatives, “in order to perpetuate and strengthen the friendly relations which exist between Ethiopia and the United States of America.”

The American Legation was established on July 6, 1909, when U.S. Minister Resident and Consul General Hoffman Philip presented his credentials in Addis Ababa.

Source; The Reporter.



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