WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday and praised “the historic reform efforts” undertaken by Abiy since assuming energy in April, the White Home stated in a press release.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is seen forward of U.S. President Donald Trump introducing his Supreme Courtroom nominee within the East Room of the White Home in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Pence famous Abiy’s efforts at “bettering respect for human rights, reforming the enterprise setting, and making peace with Eritrea,” the assertion stated.
“The 2 leaders underscored their international locations’ shared values and their dedication to constructing an excellent stronger partnership within the days forward,” it stated.
Beneath Abiy, Ethiopia has instituted reforms together with releasing political prisoners, diluting state management of the financial system and making peace with northern neighbor Eritrea after twenty years of hostility.
A 41-year-old former intelligence officer, Abiy got here to energy after his predecessor resigned earlier this yr amid protests in opposition to abuses by safety forces and public anger over perceived ethnic marginalization of many teams within the racially various nation.
Whereas in Washington Abiy was additionally scheduled to fulfill with members of Ethiopia’s massive diaspora group in america, whose remittances have helped prop up the financial system.
Abiy can also be as a consequence of go to Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
He met on Friday with Worldwide Financial Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who stated that they had “an attractive and productive assembly.”
“I reiterated the IMF’s dedication to work with the Ethiopian authorities to make sure that the financial system achieves excessive charges of sustainable and inclusive development to scale back poverty,” she stated in a press release.
Reporting by Eric Beech; Modifying by Sandra Maler