Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed due in Kenya for state visit

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is due in Kenya on Sunday for a two-day state visit, during which he will meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for talks.

Kenyatta had in April invited Abiy to Nairobi for talks on a raft of issues including the region’s peace and security.

In the invitation letter delivered by Foreign Affairs minister the President praised the two countries’ relations, saying they have always worked together.

Kenyatta congratulated the new premier and the people of Ethiopia for what was the political transition which has very good lesson for Ethiopia for managing diversity but also for African continent.

Prior to his trip to Nairobi, the Ethiopian Prime Minister was in Khartoum where he also met with President Omar al-Bashir.

The two leaders discussed the thorny Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project which has caused tension between Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Cairo.

Egypt is of the opinion that the dam Ethiopia is building on its share of River Nile will affect water supply, though Addis Ababa refutes that.

Ethiopia hopes the dam will make it Africa’s leading electricity exporter.

Abiy is accompanied in his trip by a high-level delegation, including ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Water, Irrigation and Electricity, as well as Information Communications Technology.

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