Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu conferred with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Ms. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, at his offices later today (January 24, 2018). Dr. Workneh reiterated the fact that Ethiopia and Norway are countries with a long-standing and stable multifaceted relations.
During their deliberations, the two Foreign Ministers have discussed national, regional and international issues of common interest to both parties ranging from the development process in Ethiopia, ways of facilitating Norwegian technical and academic assistance in a number of sectors such as education, health, migration, peace and security.
Under the rubric of maintaining peace and stability, Ms. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, commended Ethiopia’s unrelenting efforts to bring about peace and order among the conflicting parties in South Sudan through bilateral and multilateral arrangements such as the IGAD and the Troika, to which Norway belongs.
The two sides have also deliberated at length on Ethio-Norwegian development cooperation as well as ways of further facilitating the wider and deeper participation of Norwegian businesses in Ethiopia, especially in the creation of jobs for the youth.
In this regard, Dr. Workneh extended his thanks to the Norwegian Government for its long history of development and humanitarian assistance to and cooperation with Ethiopia.