Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion made an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to continue on his seven-day visit to Africa for bilateral talks.
During his stay in Ethiopia, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion met with Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Dessalegn and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Workneh Gebeyehu and other senior officials to discuss on ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two sisterly countries.
On the occasion, Stéphane Dion pledged to encourage and exert every possible effort to ensure the success of the Ethiopia-Canada Partnership. Regional peace and security issues have also been discussed under which Foreign Minister Dion commended Ethiopia's role in peace keeping operations within the region as well as in the continent.
Prime Minister Hailemariam on his part assured the Canadian Foreign Minister on Ethiopia's full determination to fortify its partnership with Canada in the areas of peace, security, in the fight against terrorism as well as in trade, investment and other areas. The Premier also said his government remains committed to provide the necessary support for Canadian investors who invest in Ethiopia.
Later at a press conference held at the embassy of Canada, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion said the Government of Canada is committed to further enhance and strengthen cooperation in the areas of peace, stability, security and the rule of law. He further said Ethiopia and Canada share common goals in promoting peace and security in East Africa and Canada significantly values Ethiopia's efforts in the maintenance of peace and security in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.