The 15th of November of this year marks the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-Ethiopia Treaty of Amity and Commerce. This year is also the 65th anniversary of the resumption of our bilateral diplomatic relations after World War II.
Mr. President, please allow me, at the outset, to send you my sincere heartfelt greeting, and wish you well in this trying time. Mr. President the prevailing friendship existing between US and Ethiopia dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.
The word pandemic is used to describe a disease with a wide occurrence on a global scale. In history, the world has witnessed some of the deadliest pandemics including cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox and HIV to mention just a few.
It was early afternoon on Monday, November 18, 2019 when I had boarded the Ethiopian Airlines flight No. ET196 bound for Dessie via Bahir Dar. My destination was the city of Bahir Dar where I do currently reside and conduct my official government business.
This year, Mexico and Ethiopia celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. I visit Addis Ababa this week to reassert the long-standing friendship between our two nations, and to open new opportunities to further enhance our political, economic and social links.
As it is well-known, the Addis Ababa Police Commission has been and still is diligent in executing its responsibilities of protecting the peace and security of our rapidly progressing city. At this particular time our police force is working around the clock to fully discharge its duties and responsibilities in line with the unfolding nation-wide reform process and the spirit of public service.
At this time last year, I spoke about the incredible promise of the reform efforts under His Excellency Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), and the unprecedented opportunity for Ethiopia to build a prosperous, peaceful, and democratic future.