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Newly built Ethiopian Embassy building in Ankara inaugurated

The newly built Ethiopian Embassy building in Ankara has been inaugurated. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen and Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu together with senior officials from both countries were all in attendance

According to the Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the new embassy in Ankara will draw the people of the two states together and enhance bilateral relations while promoting cultures. “Ethiopia and Turkey enjoy a friendship and all-around cooperation. Over the years, the two governments have extended numerous high-level visits that produced very important outcomes that helped expedite the development of joint cooperation on both sides,” he said. He further added that Ethiopia is ready to deepen and strengthen cooperation with Turkey.

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Ethiopia-Turkey historical ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Ankara’s relations with “brotherly Ethiopia with which it has strong historical ties” and other African countries are based on partnership. “Our diplomatic ties date even further back than 1926 when Turkey opened its first embassy in sub-Saharan Africa in Addis Ababa. The ties between our countries date back to 1896, making it 125 years since the launch of diplomatic relations,” he added.

Over the years the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa has become a primary destination for Turkish investors on the continent. According to the Ethiopian Investment Commission, Turkey is the second-biggest investor in Ethiopia, with an investment capital of US $2.5bn . The person-to-person interaction and changing perceptions have boosted Ethiopian- Turkish ties and led Turkish companies to employ 30,000 Ethiopians thanks to the multifaceted relations nurtured between the two countries.

Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

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