Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu conferred with Ms. Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden in New York, On 9 January 2017 ahead of the High-Level UNSC Debate on Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace.
Given that both countries have already assumed their roles as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the ministers discussed on ways of exploring cooperation on regional and international issues of common concern.
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu noted that the High-Level UNSC Debate on Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace which is due to unfold on Tuesday 10 January would be instrumental in the prospect of dealing with conflicts across the world, and particularly in the Horn of Africa Region.
Dr. Workneh further pledged that his country is keen to do all it can to make sure that the upcoming forum remains to be as productive as possible. Noting that the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven had visited Ethiopia three times in 2015/16, Dr. Workneh further said the Premier’s visit has reinvigorated the bilateral relations between the two countries.
As Sweden takes over the January presidency of the UNSC, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallstrom on her part said her country is keen to work in close concert with Ethiopia and other members of the UNSC on a range of global issues. She also hoped that members of the UNSC would work in a cooperative spirit in the next couple of years.
Source: MFA Ethiopia