Italy to Finance Study of Massawa-Addis Ababa Railway Project

Italy-Ethiopia-Prime-MinistersJanuary 21, 2019 ( - Italy has agreed to finance the first phase of study of the planned railway line project linking the Eritrean port of Massawa with the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

In a meeting in Rome, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed thanked his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, for all the assistance.

“I had a productive discussion with international agencies and the Government of Italy,” said Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.

Italy also agreed to support Ethiopia in tackling food insecurity of school-aged children and rehabilitating Ethiopian soldiers demobilized from Ethio-Eritrea border following peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister also called for enhanced cooperation between Ethiopia and Italy in the areas of development, peace, and tourism.

PM Dr Abiy also met Italian President Sergio Mattarella at Quirinal Palace.

Both the President and Prime Minister recounted the historical relationship between Ethiopia and Italy and the continued cooperation that followed, according to Office of the Prime Minister.

President Mattarella expressed his appreciation for the changes taking place in Ethiopia and the role the country is taking in Horn region integration.

The Ethiopian Premier also met with heads of Rome based UN agencies, namely the World Food Program (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Abiy Ahmed will head to Davos,Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he will be a speaker at the Forum.



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