The US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo met yesterday with the Ethiopian Inter-Religious Council in Addis Ababa.
The Secretary highlighted the fundamental importance of religious freedom in a democracy and thanked the Council members for their leadership in their respective religious communities.
Pompeo and the Council also discussed the important role the Inter-Religious council can play in encouraging constructive dialogue between religious groups in Ethiopia.
Spoke with the Ethiopian Inter-Religious Council about the important role of religious freedom in any democracy. Ethiopia’s upcoming elections are a crucial moment, and constructive dialogue among the Council’s communities is critical to ensure a peaceful election process, Pompeo wrote in his Twitter account.
The Secretary arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday for a three-day official working visit.
During his visit, Pompeo held a discussion with Ethiopian leaders on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.
He also met with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission and exchanged view on peace and security challenges in Sahel region, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.
They also discussed on ways to strengthen health, trade and investment cooperation between the United States and Africa.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started his six-country trip at the Munich Security Conference in Germany and has paid visits to Senegal and Angola ahead of his visit to Ethiopia.
He will travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman as his last leg of his six-country state visit.