BY MUSSA MUHAMMED
ADDIS ABABA – The Japanese and Ethiopian governments have great interests in deepening all-round cooperation in all spheres, said ITO, Takako, Ambassador Extraordinary, and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ethiopia.
As to her, Ethiopia and Japan have long standing historical relations that could not stopover with natural, and other state of affairs including the global outbreak COVID-19 and desert locust. She, therefore, said the two countries should pay close attention towards elevating ties in a bid to make steady move forward.
Regarding Japan’s electoral assistance in the upcoming Ethiopian general elections, the ambassador said ballot boxes have already arrived and special ink for the registration of voters is expected to reach in Ethiopia in the near future.
Accordingly, Japan continues to provide humanitarian assistance, through various UN agencies, to the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia, including refugees, IDPs, returnees, and host communities.
Furthermore, she noted, that as part of the new approach for Peace, and Stability in Africa (NAPSA) introduced during the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), Japan, along with other relevant stakeholders, will continue to cooperate in order to further peace in Africa.
She pointed out, that until now Japan has been working to establish, and expand peace in Africa through providing assistance to the Peace Keeping Center (PKC) in Addis Ababa (the International Peace Support Training Institute (IPSTI).
The Ethiopian herald January 7/2021