Productive meeting with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni today where we discussed the multifaceted ties and cooperation between our two countries. The signing of a cooperation framework agreement which includes 180mil Euros in grants and soft loans is essential to forging ahead with activities in our home grown economic reform program and our ten year perspective development plan.
My appreciation to President Sergio Mattarella for receiving my delegation and I this morning. Ethiopian - Italian relations spanning over many decades have been long standing and defined by a fruitful partnership. We will continue to enhance existing relations.
On the sidelines of the Somalia-Frontline States Summit I met with Kenyan President William Ruto to discuss strengthened bilateral ties through infrastructure development, increasing trade and investment as well as regional issues.
Together with the Council of Ministers, we are evaluating performance of the past six months in the picturesque location of Halala Kella - part of the ‘Dine for Ethiopia’ promise to catalyze our tourism sector.
While we continue to be confronted with many challenges, our economy perseveres resiliently and entails we all work collaboratively across all sections of the population to continue strengthening it.