The Special Envoy of New Zealand, Sir Jim Mclay, met with State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos on Tuesday (September 15). His last visit to Ethiopia was to participate in the Joint Consultative Meeting between the Security Council and the AU peace and Security Council. New Zealand is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Special Envoy said New Zealand valued Ethiopia’s insights on the longstanding security issues as well the more recent developments in the region. With reference to Somalia, Ambassador Berhane said significant progress was being made with strengthening the creation of regional states and the road map for the 2016 election as well as in weakening Al-Shabaab. He emphasized the importance of focusing on establishing a stable and strong National Army and building an effective police force, creating strong public services, including education, building infrastructure and creating job opportunities for the youth. He underlined the need for a strong and coordinated effort by all stake holders to ensure a better future for Somalia and sustainable peace in the country. Ambassador Berhane also briefed the Special Envoy on South Sudan and noted that the new peace agreement differed from previous efforts particularly in implementation. The current workshop on security arrangement, for example, was an important element in the implementation process for peace in South Sudan. Ambassador Berhane detailed how Ethiopia was working to bring about peace and prosperity in the region despite the continuing efforts of Eritrea to destabilize the country.