The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ildefonso Castro, held a meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart, Hirut Zemene, within the framework of the bilateral consultations held on Tuesday, 18 April in Addis Ababa.
The State secretaries agreed in their observation on the excellent state of bilateral relations. State Secretary Castro expressed his satisfaction at the consolidation of relations in recent years and pointed out that Ethiopia is a key partner for Spain in the Horn of Africa and in Africa in general. At an economic level, Ildefonso Castro conveyed the interest of the Government of Spain in supporting investment by Spanish companies in the country. Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, has enjoyed major growth in recent years and offers, in the opinion of the two State secretaries, opportunities for Spain in such sectors as infrastructure, agriculture, renewable energies and tourism.
In turn, State Minister Hirut Zemene asserted that Ethiopia considers Spain to be among the leading countries in Europe and feels that it is well positioned to invest in the country, stressing his government’s commitment to the goal of ensuring that Spanish companies enhance their presence in Ethiopia.
They also exchanged perspectives on development cooperation. In this area, Ethiopia is a priority country for Spain. State Secretary Castro reiterated Spain’s commitment to the development of Ethiopia. For his part, the Ethiopian State minister thanked Spain for its contributions in this area and underlined that “Spain can feel proud of its role in this regard”.
In terms of the situation in the region, despite the encouraging changes registered, they both agreed that major challenges still remain, such as combating extremist terrorism and violent extremism, along with other challenges of a humanitarian nature, such as the high number of refugees and food insecurity.
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