After assuming power a couple of months ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) officially welcomed Rwandan President Paul Kagame, on Friday May 25, 2018 at the National Palace. Kagame is the first foreign head of state on a state visit to Ethiopia under Abiy’s tenure.
The visiting president was accorded full military honors that included a gun salute.
The visit by the Rwandan president looks to be a historic visit for the host Prime Minister of Ethiopia mainly due to the fact that Abiy was a member of the Ethiopian peacekeeping mission sent to restore peace and stability in Rwanda following the genocide in that country.
The President arrived in Addis Ababa on Thursday evening and was welcomed by the Prime Minster and other officials of the government at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The official welcoming event conducted at the National Palace was attended by both leaders and officials of the Ethiopian government and the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, Seare Mekonnen (Gen.), and Adem Mohammed (Gen.).
Following the welcoming event, both leaders conferred on ways to further strengthen the longstanding, multifaceted and historical relations between the two countries.
In this regard the two sides agreed on the realization of the twenty agreements previously signed between the two countries. Moreover, the two sides agreed to elevate their ties, work closely to tackle global issues, cooperate on continental peace and security and strengthen the African Union Commission (AUC) as well as promoting the values of Pan Africanism.
The two leaders also expressed their commitment to the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) signed to ensure equitable use of the Nile Basin water resources.
Rwanda opened its embassy in Addis Ababa over thirty years ago in September 1978; while Ethiopia opened its embassy in Rwanda in 2017; former Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn inaugurated the Embassy of Ethiopia in Rwanda.