Morocco and Ethiopia consult in Addis Ababa

Morocco and Ethiopia consult in Addis Ababa
Morocco and Ethiopia consult in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa hosted, Monday May 20, the 1st session of political consultations between Morocco and Ethiopia. A meeting co-chaired by the Director General at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Fouad Yazough, and the Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mesganu Arga.

The talks focused “on ways to further strengthen cooperative relations.” The two parties emphasized “the need to review and strengthen existing cooperation agreements in the areas of trade, investment, finance, air services and education”, indicates the diplomacy Ethiopian on platform X. Morocco and Ethiopia have agreed to soon hold a joint ministerial commission.

This first edition of the political consultations comes three months after the talks, held on February 18 in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the last African Union summit, between Nasser Bourita and his Ethiopian counterpart, Taye Atske Selassie.

In May 2015, Ethiopia initiated an opening towards the kingdom, with visits to Rabat by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his colleague at Finance. For his part, King Mohammed VI visited Ethiopia in January 2017, only a few days before Morocco’s return to the AU. In September 2021, the Ethiopian government and OCP sealed an agreement for the construction of a fertilizer factory. A project worth $2.4 billion whose discussions began in 2016.

As with Nigeria, Rwanda or Angola, this rapprochement between Morocco and Ethiopia is taking place in small steps and without it being hostage to Addis Ababa’s recognition of the “SADR”.


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