Incoming Indian Ambassador Determined to Deepen Cooperation with Ethiopia

Addis Ababa: The new Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Anil Kumar Rai, has pledged to deepen cooperation with Ethiopia in many dimensions.

The ambassador, who presented his credentials to President Sahle-Work Zewde, told ENA that he has received guidance from both Indian and Ethiopian leaderships to deepen the cooperation between the countries.

‘Both these countries are having a very long history of cooperating each other. This cooperation has many dimensions and these dimensions can further be widened and scaled up.’

The ambassador pointed out that there are many developmental priorities of India and Ethiopia which need to be addressed together; and the leaderships at the top are closely working on these issues.

Ethiopia’s recent membership in the BRICS will further help to work together to ensure Ethiopia’s participation to maximize value and voices of developing countries within the group, he stated.

‘This year, Ethiopia has become a full member of BRICS and we as the founding member of BRICS, are workin
g closely with Ethiopia to ensure that their participation in BRICS brings more value and a new dimension to this multilateral forum, and become the true voice for developing countries.’

Middle East, Asia, and Pacific Countries Affairs Director-General, Gebeyehu Ganga said Ethiopia and India have a well-established relationship on both bilateral and multilateral political matters.

Ethiopia and India have a well-established relationship encompassing investment, trade, people-to-people exchanges, science and technology cooperation, and collaboration on both bilateral and multilateral political matters, he pointed out.

India is among the top five investors in Ethiopia, according to the director-general.

Gebeyehu added that Ethiopia has been an African voice for so long and the countries will strive to be leading voices for the South-South cooperation.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency