Addis Ababa March 08/2013 The plan of the Saudi Arabia based Al-Basar International Foundation to construct a modern eye hospital in Ethiopia will help to further enhance the existing relation between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, the House of Federation (HoF) said.
While holding talks with Foundation Board Member, Branch Manager Riyadh and Dubai in-charge sector of West Africa, Dr. Yassin A. Abdulghani here Friday, HoF Speaker Kassa Tekleberhan said Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia have an age old historical, religious and cultural ties.
Kassa said currently a number of Saudi Arabian investors are engaged in different sectors in Ethiopia.
He said the Foundation's plan to construct the hospital will help to further intensify the existing relation between the two countries.
The government will provide the necessary support to investors, who will engage in various development activities in Ethiopia, he said.
Kassa said, however, Ethiopia and other Nile riparian countries are disappointed over the recent accusation by the Saudi Arabian Deputy Defense Minister, Khalid Bin Sultan against Ethiopia saying the nation is posing threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan.
The Deputy Minister at the meeting of the Arab Water Council held in Cairo accused Ethiopia saying that the Nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan.
This is only the individual's opinion and it would not affect the relation between the two countries as it is clear that it would not be his government's stand, the Speaker said.
Dr.Abdulghani on his part said medical team of the Foundation has provided eye treatment to patients in Ethiopia during the last 30 years.
There is plan to establish an eye treatment and training center in Addis Ababa with nearly seven million USD, he said.
So far the foundation has built 25 similar centers in Asia and Africa.
Established in 1990 to work in the field of prevention and eradication/controlling of blindness and blinding diseases, Al-Basar International Foundation is a non-profitable, non-political, international NGO, registered in many countries.