Ethiopia and the U.S have all -weather and strong relationships, the outgoing U.S Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael A. Raynor said adding :
“The Ethio-U.S. ties will also be getting stronger and stronger in the coming years.”
More, he said his government believes that the issue of GERD should be alleviated in a peaceful manner and the U.S has a firm belief in peaceful cooperation among the three countries.
“We didn’t want to see any of the parties feel disadvantageous from the agreement. We had always been willing to and will continue to play a role to achieve a positive outcome.”
Appreciating Ethiopias role in area of regional stability, the Ambassador said Ethiopia remains the key player in the stability of the Horn of Africa in many ways.
“The effort of Prime Minister Abiys administration to achieve harmoniously relationship in the region is encouraging and the U.S government admires that effort. Alleviating border issue with Eritrea is a good example in this regard.”
The U.S. government considers Ethiopia a critical actor in the Horn of Africa stability. Both the peacekeeping activities and political engagement have impacted the region in a positive way.
“Ethiopia is a key strategic partner to the United States and one of the United States’ oldest friends in Africa or anywhere, and the strength and success of Ethiopia – and its people – fully align with the United States’ interests as well.”
The United States has been deeply inspired by, and the top supporter of, Ethiopia’s efforts over the last three years to establish democratic governance, economic opportunity, and stability in the country.
“We encourage Ethiopia to continue its courageous efforts to introduce and strengthen its political, economic, and security reforms.”
He said, “The past three years were successful. Over 3 billion USD e was brought into Ethiopia in support of nations governance, development, and humanitarian priorities.”
Economic growth opportunities – from helping farmers boost their agricultural output to supporting young entrepreneurs to build their own ventures and facilitating commercial investments in Ethiopia were among the achievements during the last three and half years, he said.
Concerning the upcoming election, he said, the U.S. government regards it as the cornerstone of Ethiopia’s democratic transformation.
“What Ethiopia does in the coming months particularly regarding promoting democracy, organizing fair and credible elections, protecting basic human rights, including freedom of the press and freedom of expression, and maintaining regional harmony will impact this country’s prospects for generations to come.”
Concerning Jimma Abba Jifar innovation project, he said, under its cultural preservation projects, the U.S. government is working with Ethiopia to preserve cultural heritage.
According to him, his government has improved the education opportunity for over 15 million primary school students and equipped them with the skills to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
He further said that the U.S. government has provided tens of millions of Ethiopians facing natural and man-made challenges with food security and other humanitarian assistance.
Source Ethiopian Herald