ADDIS ABABA, Nov 4 – Ethiopia and Egypt have signed five agreements which will expand their collaboration in various spheres.

The areas covered by the agreements signed here Monday by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tewodros Adhanom and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, are education, technical training, trade co-operation, health, women’s affairs, and capacity building in diplomacy.

The two foreign ministers had earlier attended the 5th Ethiopia-Egypt Joint Ministerial Commission Meeting.

Dr. Tewodros said the agreements were based on lasting mutual benefits to Ethiopia and Egypt and were aimed at bringing closer the peoples of the two countries. Ethiopia would do everything necessary to ensure the mutual benefits of the countries and to boost trade and economic relations, he stressed.

He urged Egypt businesspersons who had invested in Ethiopia to make use of the opportunities available in this country by increasing their participation.

Dr. Tewodrs, who recalled the signing of 20 different agreements with Egypt previously, said a common stand was taken at the meeting to identify the weaknesses in implementing past agreements and ways to realize them with the commitment of both sides.

On a different matter, he said the Ethiopian people and government strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Sinai and Ethiopia would give Egypt all the necessary support to fight the problem.

Shoukry said Egypt was ready to improve relations with Ethiopia based on mutual benefit. Boosting the long lasting relationship of the two countries in trade and economy is a priority of his government, according to Shoukry.

He stated that Egypt is committed to realizing the cooperation agreements it signed in the various sectors.

With respect to use of water from the River Nile, Egypt is working for mutual benefits of the peoples of the two countries and discussions on the issue are howing encouraging results, he pointed out.