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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman arrived on Wednesday afternoon (2 September) in Ethiopia, to begin his visit to Africa. FM Liberman was met at the airport by Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Seyoum Mesfin.
FM Liberman opened the Ethiopia-Israel economic forum, where he stated that the large Israeli economic delegation that accompanied him demonstrated the significance Israel places on its economic and business ties with Ethiopia.
Israel’s foreign minister noted that Ethiopia and additional African states have an important role and can assist in advancing peace efforts through their connections with Muslim states and the Arab world. He said that it is important that Ethiopia and the other African nations use their positive influence with Arab states and international organizations to advance peace efforts in the Middle East, and that they not take part in one-sided resolutions against Israel.
The two foreign ministers met again in the evening in Addis Ababa, where they signed a cooperation agreement between the Israel and Ethiopia and discussed bilateral, economic and security issues. FM Liberman and FM Seyoum agreed to create an open line that will allow them direct and continuous communication.
FM Liberman noted during the meeting that economic cooperation between the two countries should be accelerated. This cooperation will contribute to bettering relations between the two countries.
The two foreign ministers also discussed global security challenges that stem from the intensification of activity around the world by extremist and terrorist elements. FM Liberman stated that organizations such as al-Qaeda and the activities of Iran cause problems to the stability of many states. He added that the largest challenge to the international community at present is to take the proper decisions and to presently stop this problem, and not to wait for it to turn into an even larger problem.