February 17, 2016

Ethiopian Foreign Minister holds talks with Puntland President on strengthening co-operation in security, trade, investment and migration

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom has held talks in Addis ababa with the President of Puntland state of Somalia Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gas, on issues of common interest, especially strengthening co-operation in peace and security, trade, investment and migration.

During the bilateral discussion, Tedros affirmed the commitment of the Ethiopian government to continue to train students from Puntland including in post-graduate programmes, according to a high level official who attended the meeting.

Following the discussion, Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gas told the Reporters that Ethiopia had been playing a crucial role in the human resource development of Puntland by providing training for students from Puntland in various levels at the Civil Service University in Addis Ababa.

Capacity building activities are among the key areas of co-operation with Ethiopia, he added.

As for trade and investment ties, the government of Puntland was keen to strengthen further its partnership with Ethiopia, he said.

He added that it was Puntland's wish that Ethiopian Airlines, would start direct flights between Addis Ababa and Puntland in order to boost economic and business ties.

Puntland has ample opportunity in the area of infrastructure development, said the president.

BAARGAAL.NET
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