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France's Macron backs Ethiopia leader's sweeping reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his support for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ambitious reforms and peace efforts

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Published on: October 30, 2018 0:15 IST
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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his support for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ambitious reforms and diplomatic peace efforts.

The young, reformist African leader was on a working visit Monday to France in his first trip to Europe since taking office in April.

In a joint declaration, France welcomed "the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea." Both countries pledged to "continue their efforts in order to promote peace and prosperity in the region."

Within a few months, Abiy has implemented sweeping economic and political reforms, among them making peace with longtime rival Eritrea, which has set off a series of diplomatic thaws in Africa's turbulent Horn of Africa region.

Macron and Abiy also pledged to increase cultural cooperation, especially on World Heritage sites such as the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

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