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Friday, 17th November 2017
Amb. Amuge Otengo Rebecca presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Dr. Teshome Mulatu, President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) in Addis Ababa on Tuesday Morning, 14 November 2017.  The colorful Ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa, to which Amb. Otengo was accompanied by Amb. Idule-Amoko Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. Aryabah Evans, Counsellor at the Uganda Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Amb. Amuge Otengo conveyed fraternal greeting to President Teshome Mualatu fraternal greetings from the President and the People of Uganda. She underscored Uganda’s historic friendship, cultural ties and cordial relations with Ethiopia cemented during the time of Prime Minister H.E. Meles Zenawi which have been maintained, nurtured and consolidated.

The Ambassador noted that Uganda commends the key role played by Ethiopia in matters of regional peace and security within IGAD, AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council. She noted that Uganda and Ethiopia have common interests on the Nile Basin Initiative, UN Security Council Reform and Climate change under the Paris Agreement for a sustainable world. She also noted that the continued cooperation between the two sisterly countries under AMISON, South Sudan Peace Initiative and efforts to form Africa Standby Force will further enhance peace, security and stability in Africa.

Amb. Amuge Otengo hailed Ethiopia for its role in infrastructure development, notably power generation, air transport and interconnectivity to support economic growth. She underscored Uganda-Ethiopia bilateral cooperation within the framework of Joint Ministerial Committee - through which key sectors like Defence, Agriculture and Education have thrived. She also thanked the Government of Ethiopia for Scholarships extended to Ugandans, especially in the fields of engineering, aviation, military courses.

H.E. President Teshome Mulatu received and congratulated Amb. Amuge Otengo warmly, and reiterated the enduring historical ties, thriving friendship and continued cooperation between the leaders, governments and the people of Ethiopia and Uganda. He noted that both countries were members of IGAD and have exerted their efforts to fight against terrorism in Somalia under AMISOM, and to restore peace and stability in South Sudan.

President Teshome underscored the importance of peace to human prosperity and the nexus between stability and development - noting that terrorism, fighting and instability hinder socio-economic development. Particularly, the conflict in South Sudan is still standing in way of regional infrastructure for interconnectivity between Djibouti, Addis Ababa, Juba, Kampala and Kigali.

The President expressed optimism that Amb. Amuge Otengo’s manifested enthusiasm and readiness to take Ugandan-Ethiopia relations forward is an additional building block in the bilateral, regional and continental cooperation for the betterment of Africa. He pledged Ethiopia’s readiness to engage with Uganda on national, regional and international issues for mutual benefits of the two brotherly countries as well as the African continent. 

Alongside Amb. Amuge Otengo, nine other Ambassadors, including the United States, Germany and Madagascar, presented their letters of Credence to President Tishome Mulatu the same day.