On Tuesday 19th June 2012, H.E. Haile Mariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) accompanied by the Chief of Protocol Ato Mulugeta visited the Embassy of Kenya in Addis Ababa at Kifle Katema Road.
During the visit, the Deputy Prime Minister signed the condolence book in honour of the late Prof. George Saitoti, and the late Joshua Orwa Ojode Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration and Assistant Minister respectively who perished in a plane crash in Kibiku Forest in Ngong on 10th June 2012.
The Deputy Prime Minister and H.E Dr. Monica K. Juma also held discussions on bilateral relations between Kenya and Ethiopia and regional issues of mutual concern. Noting the satisfaction of the Government of Ethiopia, with the progress achieved since the conclusion of the 33rd JMC session, the Deputy Prime Minister noted the positive pace of the progress in developments aimed to encourage trade and investment opportunities for the people of both countries. On her part, the Ambassador briefed the DPM on the growing number of potential Kenyan investors that were exploring opportunities to invest especially in Agriculture in the southern parts of the country. The DPM undertook to pursue the matter with Ato Shiferaw Shigute – President of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) with a view to facilitating such investment.
The DPM was also introduced to the staff of the mission, with whom he interacted.