Monday, July 27, 2015

US-Ethiopia Relationship Strong, But Complicated

(July 27, 2015, (ADDIS ABABA))--U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Ethiopia has illuminated the complexity of that relationship, in which Ethiopia serves as a valuable security ally and a bulwark against terrorism -- and the U.S., as a major aid donor and economic stimulator.

Obama and his Ethiopian counterpart, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, were quick to tout the strong ties between their nations during Obama’s two-day state visit here.
“Ethiopia and the United States share a long friendship,” Obama said. He called Ethiopia an “outstanding partner" for its contribution to the fight against terrorism in East Africa. He also praised Ethiopia and regional mediators for trying to broker a solution to the conflict that is tearing apart the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan.
 Hailemariam, in turn, noted that, Obama’s visit “could not have come at a better time, as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth, diplomatically, economically, and more importantly, in science and technology and education -- the very things Africa and Ethiopia need in abundance if they are to sustain their growth.” Read more from voa »

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