Ethiopia is committed to further strengthen its exiting ties with Venezuela in the pursuit of shared prosperity and well-being, Europe and American Affairs Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zenebe Kebede said.
The Director General made the remark at the launching of a photography exhibition organized by the Embassy of Venezuela in Addis Ababa to commemorate life of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez as part of Venezuelan National Day.
He said during the ceremony that the proper utilization of the existing potentials in the context of South-South Cooperation will further strengthen our bilateral relations and cooperation in different fields.
Zenebe further stated that Ethiopia values the longstanding friendship and cooperation with Venezuela pointing out that the bonds between the two countries are strong and deeply rooted.
He expressed the continued commitment of the government of Ethiopia to further strengthen the existing relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Noting that the world is at a critical time to cope with rapidly changing and complex challenges, requiring all to come together, the Director General pointed out Ethiopia and Venezuela can contribute a lot towards addressing these challenges, particularly in the global peace and security issues, including the UN peace keeping operations.
“We believe in the powers of diplomacy and collaboration, and we are committed to strengthen these ties even further, in the pursuit of shared prosperity and well-being.”
Venezuelan Ambassador to Ethiopia, Modesto Ruiz Espinoza said Chávez has significantly improved Venezuela’s relationship with Africa, adding that when he took power Venezuela only had five African embassies but when he died they reached 18.
According to the ambassador, the Venezuelan Government has reaffirmed in recent years its commitment to further developing relations with Ethiopia, and the two countries are working together to build a more multipolar world.
"Our two countries share a common history of struggle for independence and social justice. (And) we are committed to working together to build a more just and equitable world."
The photo exhibition underscores the warm ties between Venezuela and Ethiopia that have shared diplomatic relations for over many years.
The two nations aim to continue strengthening cultural, political, and economic bonds.
The exhibition, that depicts Chávez's role spear heading the development in Venezuela, will remain open until September 17th at the Venezuelan embassy.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency