‘Building strong institutions is a key tool to sustain long-term peace in Ethiopia’ Ambassador Haley

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Both Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN agreed in their midweek discussion in Addis Ababa, more effort needs to be done to stimulate additional growth and sustain long-term peace and stability in Ethiopia by building strong institutions and fostering an open society.
In a discussion they made in the Prime Minister’s office Nikki Haley said the government of Ethiopia should work hard in enabling institutions to do more work in fostering democracy and development of the country that the United States of America can support.
Ambassador Haley also thanked Prime Minister Hailemariam for his country’s leadership in continuing to host desperate people fleeing conflict in the region and for Ethiopia’s decades-long generosity hosting refugees from nearby countries.
The two also discussed peace and security in the region, particularly developments in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On South Sudan, Ambassador Haley and Prime Minister Hailemariam agreed on the importance of moving forward with the high-level revitalization forum to revive the 2015 South Sudan peace agreement as soon as possible. Both underscored that resolving the situation in South Sudan would require sustained engagement and attention from the African Union and others in the region. On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they agreed on the importance of holding elections as well as the need to address the root causes of conflict in the country.
In a related event, Ambassador Haley and African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma discussed also on a range of topics of mutual concern on the continent, including the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the situations in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mali. Ambassador Haley expressed the United States’ appreciation for the African Union’s partnership in UN peacekeeping operations, and both Ambassador Haley and Commissioner Samate noted the need to increase the role of women in peacekeeping operations.
Ambassador Haley reaffirmed the indispensable partnership between the African Union and both the United States and the United Nations and underscored the leading role the African Union can play in stabilizing the region and in advancing peace, security, and human rights across the continent.
“What we’ve found, and it’s not just in Africa, around the world what we have seen is when a country doesn’t take care of its people, conflict follows. So whether it’s a humanitarian situation, whether it is being able to have their public voice, whether it is being able to access [basic goods], all of those things are very important.’’
Commissioner Samate said, “We agreed to strengthen our relationship to support our cooperation and to find solution in some countries we discussed about Somalia, DRC, South Sudan and we appreciate the visit of Ambassador Nikki Haley in Ethiopia and specially at the AU Headquarters.”