Egypt and Ethiopia
Sunday، 04 December 2016 12:00 AM
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.