Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ethio-Israeli Cooperation Would Be Strengthened Further

Ethiopian Herald -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the bilateral cooperation between Ethiopia and Israel in trade, agriculture and investment sectors would be strengthened further.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi returned here yesterday after attending the 10th memorial of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin held in Jerusalem Monday.

Prime Minister Meles, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former US president Bill Clinton and senior government officials of various countries attended the memorial.

Speaking on the occasion, Clinton said though the death of Yitzhak Rabin was saddening, the sacrifice he paid to bring peace in that country had made him an international hero.

Speaking on his part Prime Minister Meles expressed Ethiopia's desire to work together in agricultural sector with Israel, which has a rich experience in the field.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the trade, industry and agriculture cooperation Israel has with Ethiopia would further be enhanced.

During his brief stay, Meles had talks with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silva Shalom on bilateral political and economic cooperation.

Meles also held discussion with Ethiopian and Israeli investors who are interested to invest in Ethiopia.

The investors, who met Meles, said they would come and launch investment projects next week for they received satisfactory response from Meles, according to Ethiopian Television.

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