Ethiopia will become the 13th nation to proclaim ties with Myanmar under the U Thein Sein government – and the 116th overall.

By Htoo Thant |

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will become the 13th nation to proclaim ties with Myanmar under the U Thein Sein government – and the 116th overall. U Tin Oo Lwin, deputy minister for foreign affairs, made the announcement to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on January 22.

U Tin Oo Lwin told parliament that the establishment of diplomatic relations with Ethiopia has already been approved by the government. He said friendship with Ethiopia would pave the way for better relations with other African nations, as well as with the United Nations.

Myanmar maintained diplomatic relations with 103 countries prior to the new civilian government taking office in 2011. Prior to Ethiopia, it has added 10 more nations to the list – Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malawi, Bhutan, Luxembourg, Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Armenia, Angola and Lithuania – and held discussions with the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic.

Located in east Africa, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world, with a population of more than 96 million. – Translation by Zar Zar Soe

Source: Myanmar Times
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