US to offer aid for Ethiopian reforms
ADDIS ABABA: The US will provide financial assistance to Ethiopia as it pursues political reforms, the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said yesterday during a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Ethiopia has long been an ally of the US, which supplies about $1 billion (R14.97bn) in aid annually. Pompeo praised political reforms Ahmed has spearheaded ahead of Ethiopia’s upcoming elections. Ethiopians are to vote in August in a ballot Ahmed has promised will be free and fair.
Ahmed’s reforms have also unleashed ethnic and political tensions.
US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo with Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Gedu Andargachew, yesterday.