Djibouti says relations with Ethiopia moving to next stage of integrationDjibouti says relations with Ethiopia moving to next stage of integration

Ethiopia and Djibouti have agreed to elevate the level of their partnership with the inclusion of the softer part of their relation.

“Now we need to move to the next stage which is the soft part of our partnership,” confirmed Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf.

Djibouti’s Minister conferred with his Ethiopian counterpart Dr. Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa on Monday.

Accelerating the integration agenda was the main point of discussion between the two officials during which Minister Youssouf said: “this example that we can see in the Eastern Africa Community what we call the northern corridor, I think we are moving to that stage.”

According to the Djiboutian official, the softer part of the partnership is related to policy, mobility of people and goods as well as the lifting of visa to create conducive environment and develop tourism.

The two officials have discussed on the joint commission meeting scheduled for 21 July, 2016.

“We have many issues to discuss including how to shape the concept of creating the Horn of African integration during the meeting,” Youssouf added.

The Djiboutian minister also said Ethiopia has a lot of experience due to its federal system on ways of speeding up the integration process.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom on his part said Ethiopia and Djibouti are working in collaboration to further intensify the economic integration they have already started.

The two countries have been making efforts to realize their economic integration, Dr. Tedros said indicating the acclaim they are already getting as African nations with intimate partnership on mutual issues.

According to the minister, the July 21st meeting between ministers of the two countries will feature panel discussions on ways of strengthening the people to people ties of the two nations through cultural exchanges.

The joint commission meeting would also help in further deepening the economic cooperation between the countries.

Promoting peace and stability was part of the talks at the ministry in which the two sides also exchanged ideas regarding the threat posed by Eritrea in the region.

The two ministers also expressed commitment to efforts of ensuring peace and stability in some Arab countries.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency