updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

   We had a very important meeting with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn. And together with my colleague and friend, the Foreign Minister of  Ethiopia Tedros Adhanom, we presented the ideas for further developing our bilateral relationship and our cooperation on international issues.

   On the bilateral front the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade and Scientific Cooperation is working well. They met last July, and agreed on quite a number of important directions where they will be following up together with quite a number of Russian and Ethiopian economic partners, including sectors of energy, mineral recourses and others. We also agreed that the draft agreements should be expedited on investment protection and some other things, including on issues related to military technical cooperation, which is a very important element of Russian-Ethiopian partnership.

   We also reiterated our intend to act together on international issues on resolving conflicts by peaceful means, avoiding unilateral actions, especially the unilateral use of force. We strongly support the African Union leadership on the efforts to resolve conflicts in Africa. We appreciate a very big and active role of Ethiopia in promoting peacekeeping and peacemaking efforts in the Horn of Africa and in other parts of the continent..