Ethiopia, South Sudan keen to solidify bilateral cooperation

(EBC; January 30, 2017) - Ethiopia and South Sudan have showed keenness to boost their bilateral cooperation.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday in Addis Ababa.

The two neighboring East African countries, Ethiopia and South Sudan, have had stronger ties, which has begun gaining momentum since the latter's move to self determination.

In a bid to solidify the excellent ties of the two, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam conferred with President Salva Kirr on bilateral and regional issues.

Hailemariam said during the meeting that the two countries would work on bolstering their economic cooperation in addition to tackling other issues.

He invited Salva Kiir to have a state visit to Ethiopia soon which Kirr accepted.

Appreciating Ethiopia's all time support, President Kiir said his government is determined to solve his country's problems through dialogue.

The two sides are expected to have a landmark agreement at the time of the president's visit giving a boost to their outstanding relationship.

Reporter: Thabitha John