U.S Would Support Ethiopia’s Efforts to Maintain Peace, Security: Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States would support Ethiopia's efforts to maintain peace and security in the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and his American counterpart held talks today on the situation in Ethiopia and investment and economic cooperation as well as peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

In a joint press statement they gave, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said USA acknowledges the transition of power in Ethiopia which is very positive symbol.

"We recognize the transition underway in Ethiopia, the first ever voluntary transition of power and it is very positive symbol of peace transition of power in Ethiopia," he added.

Tillerson, who is in Ethiopia for an official visit, said, "We encourage the Ethiopian people to maintain support for the government for this transition."

He also appreciated Ethiopia for its role in keeping peace in the region, especially in Somalia through AMISOM as well as the efforts in Sudan and South Sudan.

"We need to recognize Ethiopia's generosity in hosting one million refugees", the Secretary of State said, adding that the US is looking forward to working closely with Ethiopia in this regard.

According to him, Ethiopia and USA have more than 100 year long standing relation.

The US supports the Ethiopian economic development, Tillerson stated, further noting that Ethiopia has a vibrant economy but there is a lot of potential yet to be realized in Ethiopia.

Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said on his part Africa is a future continent and over 70 percent of its population is youth with skilled labor.

"So coming to Africa by all measurements will benefit the business and investment of USA", he noted.

"We are expecting more investors to come to Ethiopia and Africa. We are expecting business from here to the US," Workneh added.

Ethiopia and the U.S. have been working on various areas of mutual interests including health, education and agriculture as well as cooperation on regional peace and security.

Addis Ababa March 08/2018(ENA)