Ethiopian Airlines, Abiy's reforms get Trump's support

Ethiopian Airlines, Abiy's reforms get Trump's support

Ethiopian Prime Minister received a call from the president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Friday; his office confirmed.

The exchange between the two centred on events arising from the deadly plane crash of March 10. Trump spoke about the strength of the Ethiopian national carrier and stressed his support for ongoing reforms.

The two leaders also committed to deepening relations between the two countries, the PM’s office added.

Abiy is the latest African leader to have received a call from the U.S. leader. Others in the same bracket are Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari and then president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

The full content of the message from PM’s office
PM Abiy Ahmed and Donald Trump in a phone call today shared their condolences to the people of both countries for the loss of lives in the fatal Flight 302.

President Trump hailed @flyethiopian (Ethiopian Airlines) as a strong institution & affirmed provision of technical support where needed.

Donald Trump also expressed support for the holistic reforms that have been taking place in Ethiopia over the past months. The two leaders concluded their call with a commitment to strengthen the two country’s long-standing diplomatic relationship.

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