Following his talks with Foreign Affairs State Minister Hirut Zemene, Leffler told journalists that the EU will strengthen its relationship with Ethiopia, one of the strategic partners of the bloc.
The Deputy Secretary General said, “We work together in wide range of issues of bilateral, multilateral and regional issues.”
Leffler said “We have an opportunity to talk about many of these issues of bilateral and multilateral issues and we look for to continue the engagement with Ethiopia.”
The discussion between the two officials was focused issues that would support Ethiopia’s efforts in maintaining peace locally and in the region, Ministry Spokesperson, Meles Alem said.
They have also discussed on ways of enhancing cooperation on the issue of migration.
The State Minister has also held bilateral discussion with Portuguese Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Teresa Ribeiro on various issues of mutual concern.
The officials exchanged views on a wide range of areas of common interest including bilateral, multilateral and regional issues.
The discussions were focused on how to further strengthen bilateral relationship between the Ethiopia and Portugal and agreed to work together on international arena and issues of mutual interest.
The two sides discussed the need for increased Portuguese investment in Ethiopia in order to boost trade and investment exchanges.
After the discussion, Secretary of State Teresa Ribeiro said “we have conducted very interesting and fruitful discussion on many issues of common interest.”
“We have to decide what could be the next step to increase our strong relationship. We have very historical relationship between our two countries – Ethiopia and Portugal. Ethiopia for Portuguese is homage, you know for us it is magic place,” Ribeiro said.
She expressed her country’s desire to cooperate with Ethiopia in agriculture, tourism and culture.
Ribeiro said, “I think now we could look at the past to improve the future both countries and really to strive to have common relations that could help to achieve our property for both countries, for Ethiopian and Portuguese populations.”