At the invitation of Engineer Takele Uma, Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC, will visit the Ethiopian capital on Saturday.
During her stay in the city, she will visit various institutions.
The two sides are also expected to renew the sister city agreement between Addis Ababa and Washington DC.
In celebration of Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Washington last year, Mayor Bowser proclaimed July 28, 2018 “Ethiopia Day in DC.”
Home to more than 30,000 Ethiopian immigrants, the Washington, DC metropolitan area has the largest population of Ethiopia-born people in the United States.
Since 2013, Washington, DC has had a sister city agreement and protocol of friendship with Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed met with General Stephen Townsend, the Commander of the United States Africa Command.
General Townsend congratulated the Prime Minister for his recent Nobel Peace Prize Award, noting the award as remarkable for Ethiopia and the region, according to office of the Prime Minister.
Recognizing the longstanding relationship between Ethiopia and the United States, particularly in the areas of military cooperation, the two discussed on strengthened short term and long term capacity building support for the national army.
Building on the reforms work within the National Defence Forces, Prime Minister Dr Abiy reiterated the Government’s commitment to professionalizing the national army and ensuring it is a non-partisan and non-political entity in support of democracy.