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New European Leader Chooses Africa For 1st Overseas Visit

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The new European Commission president says she chose Africa as her first visit outside Europe as it has some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and some of its biggest challenges, including climate change.

The new European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says this after meeting with Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as they meet at the Prime Minister’s office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  

She praised Ethiopia’s new leadership with Africa’s only current female president and its gender-balanced Cabinet and said it has given hope for the continent at large.

The European Union has announced 170 million euros to support Ethiopia’s economy and its election in May.  

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says that they still need more financial support because they are ambitious.

Von der Leyen also said that her separate meeting with African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat discussed the pressing issues of migration, security and other matters, and that the discussion was intense.

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