Joint communiqué Issued on the Official visit of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Emir of the State of Qatar to Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, 10th April 2017
Upon the invitation of H.E Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani paid a state visit on April 10-11, 2017 to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Upon arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was accorded a warm welcome by H.E Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. High ranking government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Addis Ababa and members of the Qatari staffs.
During the state visit, the two leaders held bilateral talks in a friendly and cordial atmosphere during which they reiterated their strong commitment to enhance the two countries’ relations and cooperation.
The two leaders took note of the expanding cooperation and people to people relations between the two counties. They underscored the need to cooperate further on international and regional issues of common concern.
H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn commended the role of the State of Qatar in resolving conflicts in the Horn of Africa, as well as for the peace initiatives in Darfur, the Sudan.
H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, on his part commended Ethiopia’s efforts in bringing lasting peace and stability in the Horn of Africa Region within the IGAD framework.
H.H. Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Tani, The Emir of the State of Qatar, pledged for humanitarian assistance to draught victims in different parts of Ethiopia. His Highness also expressed the readiness of the State of Qatar to support the efforts of the Government of Ethiopia for development in education, health and infrastructure like energy. He also pledged to finance an establishment of specialized hospital for kidney treatment.
In the realm of business and economic cooperation, the two leaders underlined the fact that the complementary nature of their economies makes it easier to enhance their economic cooperation, both private and public. In this regard, they agreed to encourage the private sectors of both countries to increase their contacts and cooperation.
They also agreed on the need to strengthen and regularize political dialogue and consultation between the two countries. They further agreed to participate in efforts of the international community to maintain peace and security in their respective regions and the world at large.
At the conclusion of the state visit, His Highness, the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on his part, expressed his gratitude to His Highness for visiting Ethiopia and for the cordial and fruitful discussions they had. On his part H.H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani thanked H. E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the Government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his accompanying delegation. He also extended an invitation to H.E Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to pay a state visit to the State of Qatar at a date, which will be mutually agreed upon through diplomatic channels.
Addis Ababa, 10th April, 2017