Dr. Tedros holds talks with Spain’s Defense Minister

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Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held talks with Pedro Morenes, Defence Minister of Spain at his office. The discussion focused on bilateral and regional matters. Dr. Tedros in his remarks expressed Ethiopia’s keen interest to further bolster its partnership with Spain in various areas of cooperation.
Speaking about peace and security of the Horn of Africa, Dr. Tedros highlighted the positive role Ethiopia is playing to pacify the region.
”Based on our belief that security and development is intertwined, we are pulling our resources to the fight against poverty,” Dr. Tedros added that Ethiopian forces who recently joined AMISOM have liberated five towns in central and southern Somalia.
The newly liberated towns are key training and supply routes so the victory of AMISOM forces is crucial in the battle against Alshabaab, he said adding that increasing  bombings in Mogadishu shows the level of desperation by Alshabaab whose forces are melting into major towns as they are losing their strongholds in rural areas.
He noted that Spain’s assistance is very crucial in bringing peace to the region. Dr. Tedros noted Eritrea continues with its destabilizing role in the region and the sanctions imposed on it should be observed till it changes its behavior. He also pointed out the need to put in place effective mechanisms to enforce the UN sanctions imposed on Eritrea.
Dr. Tedros said Ethiopia will continue cooperating will all the basin countries in order to ensure the Nile is utilized equally.  
He said the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam exemplifies Ethiopia’s commitment to mutual cooperation and benefit of riparian countries.
The two sides further discussed the situation in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Minister Morenes appreciated Ethiopia’s positive role in peace and security of the region.
(MoFA)