Premier calls for border, joint strategy between Ethiopia and Somalia to promote stability

Addis Ababa(kalitimes).Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed stressed the need to adopt and implement a border and joint strategy to promote stability in the Horn of Africa.

The Premier made the remark during his talks with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, today in Mogadishu.

“I would like to emphasize and in my belief we need to adopt and implement a border and joint strategy to promote regional stability in the Horn of Africa, while we need to remain vigilant in our counter terrorism efforts,” he said in a joint press conference issued after the discussion.

The Prime Minister further highlighted the need to attach attention towards addressing extremism and regional conflicts, promote trade and investment as well as to tackle poverty in the region.

Speaking on his today’s visit, the Premier said “I’m here to open a new chapter, a new relationship and a new vision,” adding “Ethiopia and Somalia can undertake common projects to strengthen and consolidate their partnership.”

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for his part said Ethiopia and Somalia share common history, culture, tradition, and most importantly blood relationship.

“The visit today deepens our strong political and social relations,” he said, adding “I’m committed to take our relationship to the next level.”

“Noting can divide our two brotherly nations,” he said adding it is “our obligation to ensure peace and prosperity of our great two nations through economic integration.”

He also paid tribute to the tremendous sacrifices made by Ethiopian troops who served in AMISOM in the fight against terrorist organizations that pose an existential threat not only to Somalia but also to the region.

The President finally called for the implementation of full economic integration between the two countries to bring economic growth and promote investment through development of infrastructure, including transportation, highway, energy and train, among other areas.

The two countries also agreed to jointly invest in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their countries.

The Ethiopian Premier returned back to Addis ababa in the afternoon

Source:-FBC

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