Egypt and Ethiopia
Sunday، 04 December 2016 12:00 AM
In April 2018, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi phoned Ethiopia's newly-elected Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed to congratulate him on his new post. Sisi said Egypt is proud of its strong relations with Ethiopia, noting that the two countries have a common destiny. The President said he is looking forward to working with Ahmed in order to continue boosting relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa. The phone conversation also touched on fostering bilateral coordination and consultation on various African issues of mutual concern. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian prime minister voiced his appreciation for Sisi and congratulated him on re-election for a second term. Ahmed affirmed his keenness to develop Egyptian-Ethiopian historic relations as well as cooperation in various fields.
Geography has played a crucial role in the history of relations between Egypt and Ethiopia. Religion could further be cited as another factor bringing the peoples of the two countries closer: the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church was under the administration of the Coptic Orthodox Church until 1959. Ethiopian Muslims are also closely attached to Al-Azhar in Cairo.
Politically, Egypt–Ethiopia relations refer to the bilateral relations between the governments of Egypt and Ethiopia. Both countries established diplomatic ties in 1927 to be the oldest on the African continent and one of the oldest in the world.
Economically, Egypt believes in the importance of supporting economic and trade relations with Ethiopia due to its potential benefits for both sides, which would create a network of mutual interests boosting political relations and, therefore, reflect positively on the level of confidence and cooperation between the two sides in all areas.
Culturally, The Coptic era in the history of the two countries emphasizes spiritual and cultural rapprochement between Christians and Muslims of Abyssinia. This rapprochement qualifies for a comprehensive vision between the two countries rather than seasonal relations.