Meles holds discussion with Palestinian president

PM Meles and the Palestinian President, Mohamed Abas
PM Meles and the Palestinian President, Mohamed Abas
PM Meles Zenawi and the Palestinian President, Mohamed Abas
PM Meles Zenawi and the Palestinian President, Mohamed Abas

Addis Ababa, July 7, 2010 (ENA) – Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi expressed Ethiopia’s firm desire to implement the Ethio-Palestine bilateral cooperation signed earlier in various fields.

PM Meles and the Palestinian President, Mohamed Abas jointly lay a cornerstone for the construction of Palestine Embassy here in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia has granted 4,000 sq. meter area of land to Palestine for free for the construction of Palestine Embassy and Residence around the Headquarters of the Ethiopian Ground Forces.

Receiving and holding discussions with president in his office, Meles said on Wednesday Ethiopia will remain committed toward implementing the agreements inked between the two parties.

Ethiopia and Palestine signed cooperation accord earlier in the areas of trade and investment, culture and sports, tourism, and other development sectors, according to a senior government official who attended the discussion.

The premier and the president also held fruitful discussions on the Middle East, crisis in Somalia, and other issues of common concerns.

Speaking on his part, President Mohamed Abas said his government is keen to further scale up the age-long bilateral cooperation that exist with Ethiopia in the years ahead.

Middle East, Asia and Oceania Director General with ministry of foreign affairs, Ambassador Mahdi Ahmed said a high-level Palestine delegation will be visiting Ethiopia soon in order to confer on bilateral relations of the two sisterly countries.

According to Ambassador Mahdi, Ethiopia remains committed toward the successful completion of the Palestine-Israeli peace process.