Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen meets Swiss Ambassador to Ethiopia

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister HE Demeke Mekonnnen met today (July 21) the Swiss Ambassador to Ethiopia, HE Ambassador Tamara Mona.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs hailed the long-standing and historic relationship between Ethiopia and Switzerland.

He said the two countries should explore the potential of strengthening their relationship by initiating regular political consultations and various trade and investment engagements.

He also briefed the Swiss Ambassador on the current situation in Ethiopia and the peacebuilding initiatives the government has undertaken so far.

Congratulating Switzerland on being elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2023/24, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the country would, as always, adopt a balanced position and reasonable on global agenda items.

The Swiss Ambassador, for her part, stressed that her country’s first membership in the Council would prioritize certain agenda items, such as lasting peace, climate change, the effectiveness of UN and the protection of civilian rights.

The Ambassador expressed the wish that Ethiopia would share its experience with Switzerland as a country that has been a non-permanent member of the Council on several occasions.

Ambassador Tamara Mona said that many Swiss companies are interested in investing in Ethiopia and that Switzerland wants to strengthen its relations with Ethiopia, especially in trade and investment.