Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono this morning.
The two conferred on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern, according to office of the Prime Minister.
Taro Kono expressed the Japanese Government’s support of Ethiopia’s domestic reforms and efforts to bring peace in the region.
He also extended Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation for Prime Minister Dr Abiy to make an official visit to Japan.
Prime Minister Dr Abiy acknowledged Japan’s contribution to Ethiopia as a development partner and shared his interest for continued cooperation in human capacity building, trade and investments.
Earlier this morning, Taro Kono also met with State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Markos Tekle to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Dr. Markos briefed the Foreign Minister on the bold political and economic reforms Ethiopia has embarked on under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy, mentioning the myriad of significant steps including widening the political space, media freedom and institutional capacity building.
Taro Kono, on his part, said he is pleased to be in Ethiopia and commended the plethora of politico-economic reforms Ethiopia is undertaking, adding that Japan fully supports Ethiopia’s ambitions in this regard.
He further noted the importance of enhancing trade and investment ties between Ethiopia and Japan, which he says, lays a strong foundation for the mutually shared benefits to flourish between the peoples of both countries.
Foreign Minister Taro Kano strongly commended Ethiopia´s constructive role in maintaining peace and security in Africa in general and in the Horn of Africa in particular.
He underlined Japan’s commitment to collaborate with Ethiopia and other stakeholders to pacify peace and prosperity in the region.