Italian Prime Minister in Ethiopia on Two-Day Visit
October 11, 2018 - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is in Ethiopia for a two-day working visit, and as part of tour to the Horn of Africa.
He was welcomed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed upon arrival at Bole International Airport.
He is scheduled to travel to Eritrea where he will meet President Isaias Afewerki after concluding his trip to Ethiopia.
According to reports, the Italian Prime Minister wants to support the peace deal signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea last July after nearly 20 years of stalemate.
Italy has a long history of association with Ethiopia and Eritrea. Italy ruled Eritrea for several decades until Ethiopia was able to take back following support from the United Nations.
Italy is also know for trying to colonize Ethiopia as part of Europe invation of the Arican continent, but was repelled after being defeated by a ragtag but determined Ethiopian army of patriots.
The European country has since maintained close relations with both countries, helping with development and other matters.
A professor of private law, Prime Minister Conte is head of coalition government between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and a right-wing party, the League party.
Conte's cabinet is considered by many in the media as the first populist government in Western Europe.