Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros on a visit to Brussels met with the European Union High Representative, Vice-President Fredrica Mogherini, on Wednesday (January 13). The EU’s press release issued after the meeting underlined that the European Union would continue EU-Ethiopia’s strategic engagement and remain Ethiopia’s first partner in its reforms for development and the promotion of social and economic growth through its development cooperation programs. An EU-Ethiopia Business Forum will be organized this year. Ethiopia also benefits from humanitarian support to help the local populations affected by two consecutive droughts and the current El Nino phenomenon. The High Representative and Dr. Tedros also discussed the follow up of the signature of the EU-Ethiopia Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility in November last year in the margins of La Valletta Summit. It was agreed that the EU and Ethiopia would “work together to tackle irregular migration, including return, and to better take advantage of the opportunities provided by well-managed migration.” High Representative Mogherini recognized Ethiopia’s significant effort in hosting more than 700 000 refugees. She and Dr. Tedros both welcomed the fact that the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa had already started financing projects in Ethiopia. The press release noted the importance of a strong civil society, freedom of expression and association and inclusive politics was also discussed, as well as the recent unrest in Oromyia and Amhara regions. It said the situation in the Horn of Africa and the wider Red Sea region was also on the agenda, including the situation in South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia, and noted that Ethiopia was playing a crucial role in the region in terms of peace and security and the EU would continue to support these efforts.