The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, received the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adoye, in his office today.

Ambassador Taye affirmed that the Ethiopian government is fully committed to the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement.

In return, Commissioner Bankole commended the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement. With this inline he reiterated the AU’s commitment for implementation of the Ethiopian peace process, recalling that Ethiopia was the first country to benefit from the AU Peace Fund, receiving one million US dollars in support of its Demobilization, Disarmament & Reintegration (DDR) process.

In addition, he recalled that the Union has successfully deployed the full team of the AU Monitoring, Verification and Compliance Mission (AU-MVCM).

He also added that the African union will continue to support the implementation of the transitional justice policy framework in Ethiopia.

The two sides further deliberated on important issues of peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

Ambassador Bankole noted that Ethiopia is a formidable and effective partner in the peace-making efforts in the Horn of Africa and he underscored African Union’s commitment to continue strengthening its joint work with Ethiopia.

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