Addis Ababa, July 11, 2022 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen met today with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabe Abroad of the Interim Government, Olivia Rouamba.

Demek, receiving his Burkinabé counterpart at his office, reiterated that the longstanding relationship between the two countries dates back to colonial times, which should be revamped with further engagements.

He appreciated the consistent and balanced position of Burkina Faso regarding critical issues about Ethiopia at multilateral fora, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said the two countries have a lot of untapped potential in capacity building, which should be explored to pave the way for enhanced relationships.

Olivia Rouamba, on her part, said that Ethiopia remains at the heart of the foreign policy of Burkina Faso.

She said Ethiopia’s importance goes beyond its geographical size whose instability also affects the stability of Africa.

Discussing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Burkinabé foreign minister said the GERD is the pride of Africa and stressed that the building of the dam sets a perfect example of growth for Africa through the utilization of internal resources.

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