November 11, 2018 (GSN) - Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau spoke with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on the phone.
Prime Minister Trudeau offered his congratulations on the ambitious program of reform Prime Minister Abiy has pursued, including his leadership on gender equality with the appointment of a gender-balanced Cabinet and of Ethiopia’s first female President and first president of the Supreme Court. Trudeau said his government is committed to supporting the ongoing reforms.
The Prime Ministers discussed regional peace-and-security issues, including the historic accord achieved between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The Prime Minister offered his thanks for Prime Minister Abiy's role in resolving a longstanding consular case.
Canada and Ethiopia enjoy cordial bilateral relations, cemented by development aid ($192.92 million in 2016-2017), trade worth $119m in 2017, and thousands of Ethiopians living in Canada.
Abiy, 42, has championed several reforms spanning across the political, economic, diplomatic and socio-cultural spheres, since taking office
Having appointed a gender-parity cabinet last month, Abiy has since led the country to celebrate its first female president and first female head of the Supreme Court.
The top female appointees, including the minister of peace, Muferiat Kamilhave since embarked on a nationwide peace campaign, which was launched on Monday.
The two leaders agreed to meet soon in person.