Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu held talks with his counterpart from Luxembourg Jean Asselborn on Tuesday, April 25th. Asselborn said Luxembourg companies are keen to partner with Ethiopian ones in the field of air transportation and related sectors, according to a statement on the visit by Ethiopia’s foreign ministry. Workneh, for his part, “stressed that as Ethiopia is aggressively investing on infrastructural development all over the country,” welcoming Luxembourg’s involvement in Ethiopia’s transport sector.
In a related development, Ethiopia also received a European Union delegation on Wednesday headed by Brigitte Hagelund to discuss the “challenge of migration.” One of the EU’s recent foreign policy priorities has been to stem a massive wave of migration from the Middle East and Africa.
A Swiss delegation led by Mario Gattiker, Secretary of State for migration, met the Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene the day before, to discuss the same issue. “Mrs. Hirut underlined that Ethiopia advocates an open-door policy for refugees, and is home to over 800,000 refugees from neighboring countries,” the ministry explained in a read-out on the meeting.
Gattiker said that Switzerland is looking forward to establishing a “workable migration partnership with Ethiopia.” He also disclosed that Switzerland is planning to offer training to Ethiopian diplomats.