By YonasAsefa

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has begun official engagements in Ethiopia as part of his six-day visit to Africa. He arrived at Addis Abeba Airport Tuesday night from Mali, where he first embarked on his African tour on Monday.

On Wednesday, he has met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President SahleworkZewde, the first female president of Ethiopia, at their offices, respectively.

The two PMs discussed bilateral Ethio-Irish links, which have been in place for more than two decades.

This visit, Abiy said, is testimony to the strengthened ties between Europe and Ethiopia.

It is understood Prime Minister Abiyalso asked the Taoiseach about the implications of Brexit.

The visit is designed to mark 25 years of diplomacy but it is expected the Taoiseach will also bid to shore up support for Ireland’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

Taoiseach, on his part, hailed the reforms being made in Ethiopia over the last few months.

He also reiterated his government’s continued support to Ethiopia, particularly in agro-processing investments.

Ireland is one of the key development partners of Ethiopia. Many Irish investors and companies are engaged in various investment sectors east African nation.

Addis Abeba and Dublin have a very strong and excellent relationship cemented on longstanding diplomatic and people-to-people ties, said Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs.

In Addis, Taoiseach also held a round table discussion with NGOs and, he is expected to go north to visit Lalibela as well as refugee camps in his stay here which will last lasts until Friday. (Daily Monitor)