By YonasAsefa

Irish Prime MinisterTaoiseach LeoVaradkar is in Addis Abeba on an official day visit to Ethiopia starting from late Tuesday.

Varadkarwill stay here until Friday, during which he will meet various government officials including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President SahleworkZewde.

His discussions with both will touch up on issues of bilateral and regional interest, said Ministry of foreign affairs said.

Ireland is one of the European countries supporting Ethiopia’s social and economic projects through Irish Aid.

2019 marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Ethiopia and 25 years of Irish Aid’s work in Ethiopia.

The official visit of Prime Minister Varadkar“will highlight the depth and strength of the relationship between the two countries and the achievements of our partnership to date,” Irish embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

While in Ethiopia, Prime Minister Varadkar will travel to Lalibela to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is expected to announce a new partnership between Ireland and Ethiopia on cultural heritage and rural tourism on Thursday.

He will then travel on to Axum and will visit a number of programs in the agriculture, health, education and social protection sectors jointly supported by Irish Aid and the Ethiopian government.

On Friday, the PM will visit refugee camps near Shire which host Eritrean refugees and meet with refugees and local authorities to discuss Ireland’s support for Ethiopia.

PM Varadkaris began his week-long program in Africa on Monday with a visit to Mali. (Daily Monitor)