Ethiopia Turkey Relations
Addis Ababa, February 8, 2017 (FBC) –President Mulatu Teshome conferred with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey.
In a news conference he gave with Erdogan after the discussion, President Mulatu heralded his meeting as “fruitful and productive” and said they had exchanged views on wide range of issues.
“We have recognized that additional effort is needed to further strengthen and deepen cooperation through economic interdependence by expanding trade and investments,” he told reporters.
“We discussed how to take new actions to further enhance Turkish investment in Ethiopia in much needed areas of infrastructure, manufacturing and energy.”
Calling on Turkish investors to come forward, President Mulatu said he wanted “Turkey to be the leading foreign investor in Ethiopia.”
He also congratulated Turkey for the courage and determination shown in defending democracy on July 15. He pledged to transfer schools linked to organizations that were behind last July’s coup to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation.
Both countries were leading the fight against terrorism, he added. “We are partners in the struggle to fight terrorism, albeit in different regions,” President Mulatu said.
President Erdogan on his part underlined Turkey’s strategic partnership with Ethiopia, particularly in the economic sphere.
“Hopefully, we will begin negotiations on preferential trade agreements very soon in line with this objective,” he said.
Turkey and Ethiopia are determined to wipe out the “tumor” of the terrorist organization responsible for the July’s coup, which left 248 people dead, he said.
“I would like to express this point in particular. After the July 15 coup attempt, Ethiopia was one of the first countries to explain its support and solidarity to us.”
The two sides also signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate in four areas.
Mulatu also discussed with Prime Minister of Turkey as well as visited the Ataturk Museum.