Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to pay an official visit to Ethiopia this week. In addition to Ethiopia, the leader is also scheduled to visit Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.
The premier’s trip to Ethiopia was first announced by Israel’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Belaynesh Zevadia, at the begging of 2016 when the 68th Independence Day of Israel was marked. Belaynesh said at the time that Natanyahu’s visit will further bolster political, economic and social ties between the two countries which she said had an age-long historical and religious tie dating back to time of Queen of Sheba.
According to latest media reports, Netanyahu will visit Ethiopia from July 6 to 8, 2016 and he is expected to deliver a speech at the Ethiopian parliament.
Ethiopia and Israel officially established diplomatic relations in 1956. State Minister of Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie said, "Our ties are not only based on political and economic interests but also on the close people-to-people links we enjoy.” Israel is currently providing short-term training in agriculture and other areas of expertise based on previous agreements the countries signed on areas of education, Culture, and Scientific Cooperation.
Earlier this year, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has held talks with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where the two leaders agreed to work to further consolidate their bilateral relations.
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