President Macron Visits Lalibela Churches in Ethiopia

Macron-Abiy-visit-LalibelaMarch 12, 2019 ( -- French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Addis Ababa today on a two-day visit to Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and President Emmanuel Macron visited the Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In a visit to France in October 2018, the French President had assured Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that France would provide necessary support to restore the churches.

At the time, President Macron also indicated that he will consider budgetary support to Ethiopia supplementing existing multilateral initiatives.

This is President Macron’s first state visit to Ethiopia.

President Macron is expected to meet President Sahle-Work Zewde for talks on bilateral and regional issues.

The two leaders are also expected to sign different agreements, including on space and economic cooperation, as well as urban development and Ethiopian Air transport development strategies.



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