In his discussion with Hailemariam, South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Myardit expressed his belief that the contribution of Ethiopia to South Sudan’s independence and development during the leadership of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi would continue.
Hailemariam said Ethiopia’s solidarity with the people and government of South Sudan would further be strengthened.
Similarly Hailemariam held talks with Egypt’s Prime Minister Dr. Hesham Kandil. On the occasion, Kandil expressed Egypt’s sadness by the passing of Prime Minser Meles and said his country wants to strengthen its relations with Ethiopia in diverse sectors.
Hailemariam for his part said the relationship between Ethiopia and Egypt would be strengthened based on the win win policy that is already in place.
Hailemariam also held discussion same day with a U.S. delegation led by U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice.
Hailemariam on the occasion expressed Ethiopia’s desire to further strengthen existing relations with the U.S.
He said the existing cooperation and diplomatic relations will further be strengthened between the two countries based on the existing foreign policy.
Ambassador Rice for her part said the two countries would further boost existing partnership.
She said Ethiopia's significant contribution in the efforts to maintain peace and security in East Africa in particular in Somalia has been bearing fruits.
Ambassador Rice said Ethiopia played key role towards success of recent election of Somalia’s new Speaker of Parliament.
She said that her government will create favorable situation to enable Ethiopians residing in the U.S. actively participate in development activities in their homeland.
Ambassador Rice also expressed belief that the Ethiopian people will realize the vision of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.