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EU to support Addis Ababa

ETHIOPIA. 1988. Refugees from the civil war in southern Sudan, at the Itang refugee camp in western Ethiopia, cope with a water shortage by utilizing even the muddiest of ponds.

The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini  met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (17.03.2017).

Mogherini outlined the European Union’s efforts to support the humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa region, including the droughts affecting Ethiopia and neighbouring countries. The EU today announced additional €165 million in assistance for the region, for the South Sudan crisis and neighbouring countries, as well as the drought in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

The EU is aimed at the broad areas of cooperation, from economic investments to the common work better manage migration and support the efforts of Ethiopia as a major host of refugees.

 

The political developments in the country were discussed. In this respect, HRVP Mogherini appreciated and encouraged the Prime Minister’s engagement in the establishment of a political platform and a dialogue with the opposition which the EU considers is the right direction to take.

HRVP Mogherini had also met with opposition members during the visit.

 

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