Ethiopia & Kuwait discuss bilateral economic cooperation.

December 2, 2021

The two parties met on Wednesday in the main palace of Kuwait’s Emir, according to Ethiopia’s Finance Ministry, which issued a brief statement following the meeting without going into detail. The Ethiopian delegation, led by Ahmed and including higher government officials, were present at the meeting, according to the report. Dr. Mohammad Al-Fares, Kuwait’s Minister of Oil and Higher Education, Khalifa Hamada, Kuwait’s Minister of Finance and State Minister for Economic and Investment Affairs, and His Highness the Prime Minister’s Diwan Chief Abdulaziz Al-Dakheel were also present. On their previous meeting, Abdulfetah Abdulahi, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Kuwait, met with Nasser Al-Hajraf, the Governor of Al Jahra Governorate, to discuss bilateral relations and the present situation in Ethiopia. Ethiopia and Kuwait, according to Ambassador Abdulfetah, have strong diplomatic, economic, and people-to-people ties. He expressed his gratitude to the Governor for ensuring the safety of Ethiopians in the Governorate. He also gave Al-Hajraf an update on the current developments in Tigray, focusing on efforts to restore destroyed infrastructure, distribute humanitarian aid, and strengthen the temporary administration. Concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ambassador Abdulfetah stated that Ethiopia is committed to the equitable use of Nile waters. He also stated that Ethiopia is committed to the African Union’s (AU)-led trilateral negotiations on the dam. Nasser Al-Hajraf stated that the two countries must enhance their ties in the areas of investment, tourism, and social services, as well as cooperate in worker deployment. Kuwait’s interest, he said, is for the GERD disagreement to be resolved through negotiations.

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