Dr Tedros confers with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mozambique (Apr 21, 2015)
Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom held talks on Monday (April 20) with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mozambique, Mr. Oldemiro Baloi. The talks covered bilateral, continental and global matters of common interest. Foreign Minister Mr. Oldemiro Baloi, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and on his own behalf, expressed his deepest condolences to the Government and People of Ethiopia over the murder of innocent migrants committed by “cruel and insane people” in Libya. The Foreign Minister stressed the need to join hands and build synergies in Africa to defeat terrorism and uproot extremism. He reiterated the need to embody coordinated and comprehensive cooperation to resolve security challenges in Africa, underlining that the continent must continue to push efforts to resolve the conflicts in Libya, South Sudan, and Western Sahara as well as offset the threat of terrorism and radicalization. The Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Dr Tedros to visit Mozambique to improve the bilateral realtions of their two countries through more frequent government-to-government contacts. Foreign Minister Baloi who also underscored the need to form a Joint Ministerial Commission as a new platform to cement increased bilateral relations for the benefit of the people of the two countries, expressed Mozambique’s appreciation of Ethiopia’s support in the military field. Dr Tedros, thanking Mr. Baloi for the solidarity shown at this time and for the invitation extended by the Government of Mozambique, stressed that the objective of the deliberate attack perpetrated by terrorists in Libya aimed to divide the people. He said “we shall not allow them to create tension” among our people; “we firmly stand united” to face off any such terrorist groups comprehensively. Dr. Tedros said Ethiopia and Mozambique ought to put their bilateral relations on a fast development track for the benefit of all. He also emphasized that Ethiopia was committed to raise bilateral ties with Mozambique to a higher level. Dr. Tedros stressed that the proposed Joint Ministerial Commission meeting should involve the engagement of the private sector to create people-to-people ties beyond the promotion of government-to-government ties. He said Ethiopia was ready to share experiences and learn best practices from Mozambique in new areas of cooperation.