At the invitation of the Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia, Workneh Gebeyehu, and Eritrea, Osman Saleh Mohammed, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, will visit working visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea from 11 to 14 February 2019.
In Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the head of Luxembourg's diplomacy will be received by the President of the Republic, Sahle-Work Zewde, before meeting his Ethiopian counterpart, Workneh Gebeyehu. On February 14, Jean Asselborn will meet Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed in Asmara, capital of Eritrea.
The visit of Minister Asselborn comes in the context of the historical rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which promotes a positive dynamic for the entire Horn of Africa region. The exchanges of views with the Ethiopian and Eritrean authorities will allow to study the latest developments in these two countries as well as regional news.
Discussions will also focus on a number of bilateral issues of common interest as well as the migratory situation in the region. Jean Asselborn will travel to northern Ethiopia, in the Tigray region bordering Eritrea, to learn about the situation on the ground, in the registration and reception centers and in the refugee camps. .
Finally, while the African Union Summit, headquartered in Addis Ababa, is being held, Jean Asselborn will take the opportunity of his trip to Ethiopia to meet the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and review with him the latest developments in Africa in the light of the discussions of the Heads of State and Government of African countries.
Communicated by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs