France Wants Stronger Relations with Ethiopia - Ambassador
January 04, 2017 - France’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Frédéric Bontems, praised today Ethiopia's role in promoting regional peace and stability as irreplaceable, reports ENA.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Ambassador Bontems had discussions on diverse issues.
Ambassador Bontems said it has become important to have Ethiopia on board on various international issues.
He also congratulated Ethiopia for officially beginning its two-year term as Non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council.
According to him, France will work in consultation with Ethiopia on areas of development and climate change.
He further stated that the two countries will continue to work closely and enhance wider partnership through the annual bilateral consultation.
Describing France as a dependable friend of Ethiopia, Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh emphasized that Ethiopia and France will further enhance the already excellent cooperation, adding that Ethiopia is keen to work with France at the UNSC.
The minister assured the Ambassador that Ethiopia will strengthen its ties with France in a range of sectors, including energy, aviation, UNSC platforms and other international forums in the years ahead.
The two sides further discussed ways of exploring areas of cooperation in light of the “France-Africa Forum” due to be held in Bamako, Mali, in May 2017. (ENA)