Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, met UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab at his office and had discussions on a wide range of issues.
Mr. Raab, who had a one-day working visit to Ethiopia, exchanged views with Mr.Demeke on the ongoing humanitarian assistance and reconstruction efforts in Tigray.
Mr. Demeke briefed the Secretary of State on the collaborative of humanitarian actors and the government in addressing the humanitarian needs and the reconstruction activities that are being undertaken in the Tigray region.
As UK will be hosting this year’s climate change conference of the parties, Mr. Demeke expressed Ethiopia’s commitment to continue to address the effects of climate change and said that the implementation of its climate resilient and green economy strategy is well underway, including achieving the target of planting 20 billion seedlings in four years.
Mr. Rabb applauded the government’s efforts with regards to the development of renewable resources and said that Ethiopia is a beacon of hope for the region when it comes to addressing the effects of climate change.
He also said that ambitious commitment is expected at the COP 26 which will be hosted in Glasgow at the end of this year.
The Secretary of State expressed the commitment of the UK government to continue to support Ethiopia’s development efforts, including girls’ education.
The two Ministers also exchanged views on regional issues and agreed to continue to work together to further strengthen the relations between the two countries according to MoFA.