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PM Meles Lauds EU Efforts in Ensuring Durable Peace in Horn of Africa
Ethiopian News Agency
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi lauded the efforts of the European Union (EU) in ensuring durable peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

While conferring with the EU delegation led by the Dannish Foreign Affairs Minister Villy Sovndal here on Tuesday the Premier said the EU has taken appropriate stand in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

PM Meles stressed the need for strong partnership to secure durable peace and stability in Sudan, South Sudan and in Somalia.

He said besides the military support, political work is required to maintain peace and stability in Somalia.

PM Meles said the ongoing efforts in the political spheres would help to establish stable government after the Transitional Government of Somalia hands over its mandate in the coming August.

Danish FM and EU representative Sovndal on his part said EU is keen on working with Horn of Africa countries in various sectors.

He said the overall cooperation between EU and Africa is growing from time to time.

EU is ready to provide support towards stability of Somalia, he said, adding, it would support the peaceful resolution of dispute between Sudan and South Sudan.

The FM said Ethiopia is registering fast economic growth and is playing key role in ensuring peace and stability in the continent.

He said his country is keen on working closely with Ethiopia in all spheres.

The Dannish FM has also discussed with the current chairpersons of IGAD ministers of council Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on regional and continental issues.

Denmark took over the rotating EU presidency since January 2012.


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