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Brazil and Ethiopia have the same position on the The agreement would be a platform to attract Brazilian investors

need for democratic reform of the organ. and strengthen ties between the two countries smoothly.

• Agree to strengthen trade, investment ties

Ethiopia and Brazil agreed to work closely in issues of regional security and the campaign for democratic reform of the United Nations Security Council during talks Prime Minister Hialemariam Dessalegn and Brazilian Foreign Minister on the sideline of Ethio-Brazil Business Forum held here yesterday.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom who attended the talks said that the UNSC which was founded 70-years back in the aftermath of WW-II when victors crafted a Charter in their interest and awarded permanent veto power Council for themselves. Thus, this organ is undemocratic and should be reformed in conformity with the many changes the world has experienced, he added.

Dr. Tedros said that both Brazil and Ethiopia have the same position on the need for democratic reform of the organ.

According to him, Foreign Minister of Brazil Ambassador Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira told the Premier that Brazil appreciates Ethiopia's contribution to the peace and security of the East African region.

It is known that any reform in the Council would require the agreement of at least two-thirds of UN member states, and that of all the permanent members.

Also yesterday, the Brazilian Foreign Minister said that his country wants to strengthen bilateral ties with Ethiopia in various sectors especially trade and investment. He was holding talks with Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros at the latter's office.

Ambassador Vieira said he discussed with Dr. Tedros ways of strengthening ties in the areas of trade, investment, aviation, pharmaceuticals, transport, health and education, among others. The Ministers have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding particularly in investment and trade.

They as well discussed UN reform, regional and global peace and security issues as both countries have been taking part in the global peace effort. The Ministers agreed that the two countries would cooperate in the agriculture sector.

Thus, this agreement would take their relations to a new height, Vieira added.

Dr. Tedros on his part noted that the agreement would be a platform to attract Brazilian investors and strengthen ties between the two countries smoothly. The two countries trade and investment relations has not flourished in spite of the long-standing ties. Thus, this agreement would help forge strategic partnership and give due attention to trade and investment ties and the next step would be implementing the agreement, Dr. Tedros said.

BY HAFTU GEBREZGABIHER & FANUEL LAKEW

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