- Title: Ethiopian PM Desalegn embarks on two day visit to region
- Date: 5th June 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JUNE 5, 2017) (REUTERS) ISRAELI PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN AND ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN SHAKING HANDS AND TAKING SEATS ISRAELI AND ETHIOPIAN FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN SAYING: "We represent truly the African-Israeli relationship as a gateway to Africa. So we will do everything at our disposal to make Israel-Africa relationship to mature and grow and Ethiopia will take leadership in this regard. And rest assured that we will be with you. We know the need for African-Israeli relationship to be deepened." OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN SAYING: "We are very anxious to get back to the connection that we had with Africa and you are a real place and nation that we have to ask you to be our sponsors in Africa in order to let us be once again people who can attend all the meetings and the conference of Africa. Because when we are looking to the future and to the next decade, we know that Africa is the place, and we are welcoming you here." ETHIOPIAN FLAG MORE OF MEETING
- Embargoed: 19th June 2017 10:19
- Keywords: Jerusalem Preisdent Rivlin Ethiopian PM Desalegn
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K02FRR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday (June 5) during a two day visit to the region.
Desalegn, on his first official visit to Israel, is scheduled to meet Israeli leaders, lay a wreath at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and tour the old city.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on Sunday (June 4) attended the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) conference in Liberia, is scheduled to meet Desalegn on Tuesday (June 6).
Netanyahu travelled to Ethiopia in July 2016 during the first visit by a sitting Israeli prime minister to Africa in 29 years.
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