Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde on Wednesday | Photo: Twitter
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde on Wednesday during which they discussed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the regional and international situation.
“Thank you to Ethiopian President @SahleWorkZewde for having me. Good discussion on our bilateral cooperation including education, health, investment, as well as partnership for development,” Jaishankar tweeted.
He said they also exchanged views on the regional and international situation. Jaishankar also addressed the Indian community here in the morning.
“Their role in education and job creation is commendable. Their contribution to Ethiopian society is widely recognized. Thank them for flying India’s flag high,” he tweeted, sharing here photos of his interaction with the Indian diaspora.
According to the website of the Indian Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Indian diaspora in Ethiopia is estimated at between 6,000 and 7,000 people. There are a number of Indian companies in this East African country. There are also several Ethiopian companies that hire Indian workers.
Today, the Indian community has a significant presence in the education sector in Ethiopia. There are about 1,200 Indian lecturers/professors in about 40 universities and tertiary institutions, he noted.
The first settlers of the Indian community in Ethiopia, according to the website, came from Gujarat in the last years of the 19th century. In imperial times, there were also tens of thousands of Indian teachers in schools all over Ethiopia, even in the most remote areas.
Jaishankar also officially inaugurated the new Indian Embassy Chancery building in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. He was joined on this occasion by Ethiopian Minister for Women and Social Affairs Ergogie Tesfaye and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tesfaye Yilma.
“It was a pleasure to officially open the new Indian Embassy Chancery building in Addis Ababa. Congratulations Ambassador @IndiaInEthiopia and his team for their excellent work,” Jaishankar tweeted, sharing photos from the event.
He also thanked Tesfaye and Yilma for joining him on this occasion. In another tweet, Jaishankar said he was happy to hear Minister Tesfaye speaking in Telugu.
“She did her PhD under the @ICCR_hq scholarship. It’s great to hear her speak Telugu,” he said.