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Netanyahu speaks with Ethiopian prime minister

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Jerusalem on September 1, 2019. (Amos Ben Gershom/PMO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Jerusalem on September 1, 2019. (Amos Ben Gershom/PMO)

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed by phone.

Ahmed congratulates Netanyahu on his victory in the recent elections, and the two leaders discuss ways to enhance bilateral ties.

Netanyahu and Ahmed enjoy a warm personal relationship. During the Ethiopian premier’s 2019 trip to Israel, Netanyahu called him “one of the most important and influential leaders in Africa.”

In his previous tenure as prime minister, Netanyahu placed a particular emphasis on expanding Israel’s diplomatic and economic presence in Africa. In 2016, he made the first visit of an Israeli head of government to Ethiopia, seat of the African Union.

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