By Nesru Jemal
Ethiopia and Israel on Tuesday agreed to further deepen all-round relations between the two countries.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is in Ethiopia where he met with his counterpart Dr. Tedros Adhanom. He is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Mulatu Teshome later Tuesday.
The two Foreign Ministers on the occasion signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis Ababa. According to Hilawe Yosef, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Israel, the MoU incorporates political, economic and security cooperation.
At a joint press conference held after the meeting, Dr. Tedros said Mr. Liberman has reiterated his country’s readiness to step up its support for Africa in fighting terrorism.
Dr. Tedros said the security cooperation between Ethiopia and Israel includes intelligence sharing. “Today’s discussion is on how we can further deepen our cooperation,” he added.
Mr. Liberman for his part said the two countries have agreed to hold regular consultations through their foreign ministries.
“We are in the best page of our bilateral relations which goes as far back as two thousand years during the Solomonic era,” he said.
The current visit of the Israeli FM also aims to boost economic ties between the two countries.
More than 40 Israeli private businesses from the Israel Export Institute also accompanied Liberman, who is visiting Ethiopia for the second time in his current capacity.
The businesses are drawn from various sectors including agriculture and water technology, energy and mining, life science, information technology, banking, homeland security, infrastructure, consultancy and aviation.
Earlier the two foreign ministers opened an Ethio-Israel business forum at the Sheraton Addis.
The two day forum, jointly organized by Israel’s embassy in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian and Addis Ababa Chambers of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, is aimed at boosting business to business ties between Ethiopian and Israeli companies.
The Israeli foreign minister, who is on a 10-day strategic Africa tour, will also visit Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Kenya.