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Canada and Ethiopia to work on strengthening relations

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President Sahle-Work Zewde held discussion with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in Vancouver on various issues of mutual concern.

The two leaders spoke of their shared commitment to advancing women, peace and security and support for the Elsie Initiative, the national palace said on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, in a statement.

They noted the deep and warm relationship between Ethiopia and Canada, reflected in strong people-to-people ties and shared values of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the context of federalism.

They discussed the importance of investing in grassroots women’s organizations to drive lasting change and welcomed the launch of the Equality Fund.

They discussed the importance of investing in infrastructure to support growth and change as well as looked forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation and committed to staying in close contact.

President Sahle-Work commended Canada’s stronger partnership with Ethiopia, including at difficult times, and expressed the government’s commitment to strengthen its economic cooperation with Canada in particular.

PM Trudeau expressed his appreciation for the President’s attendance at Women Deliver and for her leadership on advancing gender equality for Ethiopians.

He noted Ethiopia’s continued commitment to building peace in the Horn of Africa, making a strong contribution to stability and prosperity in the region.


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