President Isaias Afwerki returns home
Asmara, 15 October 2018- President Isaias Afwerki returns home concluding two-day official visit to Ethiopia at an invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed.
President Isaias Afwerki, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and former Prime Minister, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn jointly inaugurated the Omo Kuraz 3 Sugar Factory located in southern Ethiopia.
According to the briefing provided to the delegation, the Sugar Factory worth more than 8 billion Birr has the capacity of producing daily from 8 to 10 thousand quintals of sugar and permanent and temporary employment opportunity for about 3,500 people.
Indicating that Ethiopia possesses enormous natural resources and that was not exploited as expected, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy said that strong effort is being exerted to dvelopthe resources. Dr. Abiy Ahmed commending President Isaias for his significant contribution in the development of the peace and friendship accord between Eritrea and Ethiopia and that the official visit of the President is to initiate joint programs between the two countries.
President Isaias on his part expressed appreciation for the invitation to participate in such big development program and that Eritrea will gain important experience from the project. He also wished success to the Ethiopian people.
President Isaias and his delegation accompanied by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed visited the natural resources, tourism sites as well as crocodile farm in Arba-Minch.
During their visit to Jimma and its environs, President Isaias and his delegation were accorded warm welcome by the Saka-Chekorsa people. The elders of Ormo people also presented to President Isaias gifts depicting the culture of the society.
Upon returning to Addis Ababa, President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussion on the progress of the peace and friendship agreement, on future programs as well as on the developments in the Horn of Africa.
The senior Eritrean delegation includes Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Gebreab and Mr. Amin Hassan, Director of the Office of the President.