ADDIS ABABA (HAN) March,11.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. The 5th Ethio-Canada bilateral consultation was successfully held in Ottawa, Canada from 4 – 5, March 2016. The annual bilateral consultation was made between State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie and Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs (Foreign Affairs) of Canada, H.E. Ms. Lise Filiatrault. Parallel to the bilateral consultation, Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie also held bilateral discussions with H.E. Mr. Daniel Jean, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada and H.E. Mr. Peter M. Boehm, Deputy Minister of International Development of Canada for bilateral issues.
During the two days bilateral consultation, the two sides reviewed the bilateral diplomatic relations, development cooperation and commercial relations between the two countries as well as discussed various issues including peacekeeping and regional security and multilateral cooperation. In the discussion the two sides agreed to continue strengthening and building on the 50 years of diplomatic relations. Indeed, ihe 50th Year Anniversary of the diplomatic relations of the two countries had been commemorated with series of events throughout 2015 both in Canada and Ethiopia.
The discussions of the two sides also focused on exploring ways to further strengthen and expand the trade and investment relations between the two countries and more particularly, to exchange trade and business missions with a view of to increase the links between the business communities of both nations. The two sides also agreed to hold the 6th bilateral consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.