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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President Sahle-Work Zewde of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

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Today, Prime Minister Trudeau met with President Sahle-Work Zewde of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.  The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the President’s attendance at Women Deliver and for her leadership on advancing gender equality for Ethiopians. They discussed the importance of investing in grassroots women’s organizations to drive lasting change and welcomed the launch of the Equality Fund. 

The Prime Minister noted Ethiopia’s continued commitment to building peace in the Horn of Africa, making a strong contribution to stability and prosperity in the region.  The two leaders spoke of their shared commitment to advancing Women, Peace and Security and support for the Elsie Initiative. 

Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed the recent significant reforms and transformation in Ethiopia and took note of the elections planned for 2020.  They discussed the importance of investing in infrastructure to support growth and change. 

The two leaders noted the deep and warm relationship between Canada and Ethiopia, reflected in strong people-to-people ties and shared values of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the context of federalism.  They looked forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation and committed to staying in close contact.