US to of­fer aid for Ethiopian re­forms

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

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.

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