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Rwanda, Ethiopia seeks to deepen relations

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Rwanda and Ethiopia have embarked on identifying new opportunities and areas to strengthen relations between the two countries.

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Delegates at the second Rwanda-Ethiopia Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) session here in the Rwandan capital are expected to explore new ways and means to increase partnership in various fields.

At the three-day gathering, which runs through April 26, participants will also review implementation of agreements signed between the two nations in 2012, in such fields as defense, agriculture, civil aviation, trade, police cooperation, infrastructure, water and energy.

Speaking at the opening on Monday, Claude Nikobisanzwe, permanent secretary at the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized the need to deepen and expand the already cordial relations between the two countries.

"Rwanda and Ethiopia enjoy strong bilateral relations. Today we are deepening it to ensure that bilateral partnerships and cooperations are stronger for the development of both countries," he said.

Last year, Rwanda and Ethiopia signed an agreement to open their airspace allowing their national carriers to operate without restrictions.

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