The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations on Monday this week (May 2) during a visit by Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie to Riyadh. The two sides agreed to further enhance existing bilateral political relations and foster mutual understanding of each other’s national peace and security interests. They also reached an understanding on the importance of holding regular consultations between the two countries at all levels on bilateral and international matters of common interest and concern.
During the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, H.E. Dr. Nizar bin Madani, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said that both Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia are very important and influential countries in the region. He noted the strategic influence they have in the Greater Horn of Africa and the Middle East. He also emphasized that the political consultation mechanism will help the two countries to exchange views on their bilateral relations as well as on regional and international political developments.
Ethiopia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye said that the arrangements for political consultations will assist in creating mutual understanding and build cooperation in combating international terrorism, human trafficking and illegal migration. Referring to the significance of the historic ties between the peoples of both countries, Ambassador Taye underlined that the MoU signed between the two countries would give new and fresh impetus to the existing relationship.
Both sides also stressed the importance of working together in media relations as well as strengthening people-to-people ties through public diplomacy initiatives.
During his visit to Riyadh, Ambassador Taye also briefed members of the international diplomatic community residing in Riyadh. In an event organized by the Ethiopian Embassy, he addressed members of the diplomatic corps on Ethiopia’s contribution to peace and security in the Greater Horn of Africa, the economic progress it has made in the last decade, its resilience in overcoming the impact of the El Nino-induced drought, and its bid for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.