The visit was fruitful and resulted in discussions with HE President Sahle-Work Zewde and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, spokesperson Ambassador Meles Alem said.

Ambassador Meles Alem during the bi-weekly press briefing in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2023 (Photo: MFAE)


Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, HE Ambassador Meles Alem gave the ministry’s bi-weekly briefing today (July 27) to the media.

The briefing, among others, focused on the fruits of the recent visit of the Russian Foreign Minister and the ongoing registration by the Ethiopian Immigration and Citizenship Service of foreign nationals living in Ethiopia without proper documents.

Regarding Mr. Lavrov’s visit, the spokesperson said that discussions with HE President Sahle-Work Zewde and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister HE Demeke Mekonnen were fruitful and involved discussions on diversification bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade, technology transfer, agriculture and energy. .

According to Ambassador Meles, Lavrov expressed Russia’s readiness to support Africa’s bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council during his discussion with President Sahle-Work Zewde.

Speaking with the Russian Foreign Minister, Demeke said the Ethiopian-Russian relationship is historical and long-standing, and has stood the test of time, Ambassador Meles added.

Ambassador Meles says Russia has decided to modify Ethiopia’s debt to the former USSR, with a ‘development ministry package’, to help Ethiopia boost the technical capacity of the power plant of Melkawakena and to equip the Balcha hospital with modern medical equipment.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke also appreciated the principled stance of the Russian Federation in supporting the Ethiopian cause during the UN Security Council’s unwarranted calls on Ethiopia, the official said. Ambassador Meles.

According to Ambassador Meles, the discussion between the Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Russia also touched on outstanding issues regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

In this regard, he said, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke stressed Ethiopia’s unwavering commitment to amicably settle the issue in the tripartite negotiations between Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt.

Ambassador Meles also mentioned the agreement between the two parties to organize a joint meeting of the Ethiopian-Russian Commission in the coming year, sign new agreements and accelerate the ratification and implementation of the agreements already. signed.

Regarding the registration of foreign nationals residing in Ethiopia without proper documents, the Ambassador said that 58,833 are registered so far, many of them from Canada, the United States, Congo, Nigeria, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, China, Eritrea, Burundi, Ghana, Bangladesh, India, Liberia, Cameroon and Italy.

Registration for the first round will remain until August 02, 2022, he said, further calling on foreign nationals to register according to the schedule.


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