Ethiopia’s Abiy receives condolence message from President Trump

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People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed on Friday held a call with U.S President Donald Trump following Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivers a speech during a meeting with French President on March 12, 2019 in Addis Ababa. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S president is said to have expressed his condolences to the victims of ET 302 even as investigations into the crash continue.

PM Abiy disclosed on his official twitter page that the talks also focused on need to strengthen diplomatic ties.

a number of airlines have grounded operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, a model similar to the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday.

On Wednesday, President Trump issued an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the B787 Max 8 and 9 models in the U.S through the FAA.

Eight U.S nationals were among the 157 passengers who died following the crash.

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