Addis Ababa April 10/04/2018 President Uhuru Kenyatta has invited Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a state visit to Kenya to discuss ways of enhancing relations between the two nations.
Kenya's Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Monica Juma handed over the invitation letter from President Kenyatta today.
“I am pleased to be here to deliver a message from President Kenyatta to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,” she said.
Ambassador Monica Juma added: “First of all I want to congratulate the new premier and the people of Ethiopia through him for what was the political transition which has very good lesson for Ethiopia for managing diversity but also for African continent, and also bringing him a formal invitation for a state visit to Kenya.”
The minister further stated that the two countries have always worked together from the beginning. “We expect that the relationship will continue from strength to strength”.
Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu who attended the meeting said the premier has accepted the state visit invitation from neighboring Kenya.
Workneh affirmed that the longstanding “excellent” relation between the two nations will continue under the new leadership of Ethiopia.
The two countries have enjoyed good neighborly relations since Kenya's independence.
Addis Ababa April 10/2018 US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Regional Industrial Summit, which kicked off today, is discussing to find strategic solutions to the security of air transportation.
TSA Regional-Director for Africa and Middle East, Jason E. Schwabel said the summit brings together experts from the Transportation Security Administration to work with the specialist from the air carriers who fly directly to the United States.
“We are grateful for the partnership with Ethiopia and we are also working to solve security problems as well as to better explain some of the TSA programs and guidelines,” Schwabel added.
Stating that Ethiopia and US have excellent relationship, the Regional-Director noted “we want to showcase that partnership and cooperation that we have in relation to security because we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of.”
He added that the experts will exchange and share their experiences on the innovative ways of solving security issues.
Corporate Security Acting-Director of Ethiopian Airlines, Gebremariam Haile said the summit which Ethiopia hosting is the first of its kind to take place in Africa.
According to him, the summit aims at safeguarding the aviation industry to provide the most effective transportation security in the most efficient ways.
Representatives of the participating air transportation organizations consider the summit as imperative because it deals with identifying the impediments, suggesting possible solutions and sharing experiences in addressing security issues.
Turkish Airlines Aviation Security Director, Recep Gurdal said that the summit is vital to exchange ideas and information from other Airlines and regulatory to combat issues of security including terrorists.
Africa, which a destination for many international flights, is improving in security measures he mentioned, and added that “and with programs such as this summit Africa will be better in the sector.”
More than 80 experts from TSA, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya and Egypt Airways as well as Turkish Airlines took part in the Regional Industrial Summit.
Addis Ababa April 10/04/2018 President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Abiy Ahmed on being elected as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
The president on his message expressed the aspiration of Palestine to strengthen cooperation in more advanced manner under the new leadership of Ethiopia.