Addis Ababa 24 July 2014 (WIC) - Ambasssador Saleh Sahabun, Arab League Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, disclosed that the organization is striving to encourage Arab countries to strengthen ties with Ethiopia.

As part of this effort, he said, preparations were underway to celebrate an ‘Arab Week’ in the near future in a bid to further consolidate relations in social and cultural areas.

Ambassador Sahabun said that as Ethiopia was the seat of the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission, many Arab countries were working to promote their ties with

Ethiopia in economic, political and social cooperation.

He noted the fact that 16 Arab countries had opened embassies in Ethiopia as a manifestation of their desire to consolidate their bilateral ties.

He added that the stability and ample investment opportunities in Ethiopia had given impetus to the desire to strengthen the relationship.

He said Ethiopia’s impressive economic growth could as a model to many Arab and African countries.

This, he said, was evident in the massive investment being undertaken by investors from Sudan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries.

Ambassador Sahabun also welcomed the decision by thenew leadership in Egypt’s decision to continue with the tripartite dialogue to resolve issues over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

He said the Arab League appreciated Ethiopia’s role incombating terrorism and pacifying the region and it wanted to work closely in economic, political and social issues.

The Arab League opened an office in Addis Ababa in 1968.(ERTA)

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