Addis Ababa March 04/2013 U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Karen Hanrahan visited Ethiopia from 24-27 February 2013, the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia said.
According to a statement the Embassy sent to ENA Monday, the purpose of Hanrahan's visit was to learn firsthand about the current economic, political and human rights situation in Ethiopia.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Hanrahan conveyed the United States' commitment to working with the Ethiopian government and civil society to strengthen democracy and improve respect for human rights in Ethiopia.
During her stay here, she met with government and judicial officials, representatives of Ethiopian civil society, international and Ethiopian non-governmental organizations and the media.
Hanrahan also visited Somali regional state and the Diredawa Town Administration.
Hanrahan welcomed the Ethiopian government's active engagement in the bilateral working group on democracy, governance, and human rights, and expressed hope for a continued productive partnership on those issues, according to the statement.