The Ethiopian and Djibouti Joint Ministerial meeting opened in Djibouti
Tigrai Online February 5, 2014
The Ethio-Djibouti Joint Ministerial meeting started today February 5, 2015 in Djibouti with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom, leading a high level Ethiopian delegation including Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Sufian Ahmed; Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Alemayehu Tegunu; Minister of Transport, Workneh Gebeyehu; and other seniors government officials.
The Djibouti delegation was headed by Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Foreign Minister of Djibouti. Ambassadors and other experts from both countries also attended the meeting.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Tedros emphasized the long and strong brotherly relations between the two countries and their shared insight to realize economic integration in the region. He extended appreciation on behalf of the government of Ethiopia to Djibouti for the close collaboration achieved in numerous areas, underlining that Ethiopia attached a great deal of importance to the relationship between the two countries. He said this “Joint Ministerial Commission meeting is a historic one since it further advances the ties between the two countries to a higher level.” Dr. Tedros noted that the region was now overcoming its challenges and starting to enjoy stability and move into an economic revival. He said realization of regional economic integration included continuing the momentum of discussions between countries in the region and indentifying the basic areas for intervention.
Djibouti’s Foreign Minister, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, agreed with Dr. Tedros that Ethiopia and Djibouti could now move to a higher level to improve what had been achieved so far by the two countries. He said the goals of economic integration goals could be developed b y successfully addressing small challenges and stated that he believed almost all countries in the region were working to make the integration agenda a success. He emphasized that Ethiopia and Djibouti would continue to work further in the areas agreed by the experts’ meeting earlier in the week.
The Ministers then reviewed the minutes forwarded by the experts’ three committees: the political and security committee, the trade and economic committee and the port and transport committee.
Source for the above text is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
Recently Tigrai Online published an article by Ghelawdewos Araia, PhD about The Unification of Ethiopia and Djibouti it was his observation based on the current realities of both Djibouti and Ethiopia. It seems the unification of the two countries becoming a reality faster than anybody expected.
The two countries are connected in every sector of their economies and every aspect of life. These Joint Ministerial meetings are part of the process for full integration. Slowly but surely Ethiopia’s democratization and amazing economic development is becoming attractive to people in sister countries in the greater Horn of Africa. With the exception of the rogue government of Eritrea, all the countries in our region are working with Ethiopia in harmony for the greater good of the entire region.
The reunification of Djibouti and Ethiopia will bring a brighter future to our people and it will spell doomsday for the terrorist gangs in Asmara. We know the President-for-life of the tiny country is terrified of this reality he is trying to sabotage it.
Last month the Eritrean government openly declared war on Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people by orchestrating the creation of yet another terrorist group in Asmara against Ethiopia. The Ethiopian people are waiting to see what retaliatory action the Ethiopian federal government is going to take.