Diplomat: Ethiopia Keen on Deepening Ties to South Africa

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Diplomat: Ethiopia Keen on Deepening Ties to South Africa

BY TIGIST SERNESA

Ethiopian Ambassador to South Africa reiterated his commitment to shore up bilateral ties with his host nation in various fields.

The Ambassador, Muktar Kedir, told EBC World's weekly, Addis Dialogue, about raising awareness amongst the youth in order to keep nurturing the legacies of forefathers and longstanding relations as well.

The people of Ethiopia and South Africa have had a long and historic relation as the two peoples were bound together by the common struggle to free Africa from the yoke of colonialism and apartheid.

Ethiopia’s victory against colonialism at the battle of Adwa had long served as an inspiration for a resistance movement against racism in South Africa. Ethiopia also had an active role in the fight against apartheid.

The military training given hundreds of freedom fighters including Former President Nelson Mandela in Ethiopia is a testament to Ethiopia’s commitment to the cause of freedom in Africa in general and South Africa in particular.

Their relationship has survived decades of resistance against injustice, and this continued until the people of South Africa finally managed to do away with the Apartheid system. 

With this context, Amb. Muktar Kedir, underscored the need to stir awareness amongst the youth in order to keep nurturing the legacies of forefathers and longstanding relations as well.

In relations to bolstering economic diplomacy between two nations, Amb. Muktar said multiple achievements have been registered.

Ethiopia's joining of the bloc of emerging economy countries known as BRICS presents it with a splendid opportunity to explore new possibilities for growth.

Emphasizing the need to press ahead with collaborative work between these two giant economies, the Ambassador further noted that efforts anchored on expanding bilateral ties create a very conducive economic environment, helping utilize the untapped resources of the two nations.


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