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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Discussion with Acting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

The President and Acting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn spoke today.  President Obama conveyed his condolences on behalf of the American people to the people of Ethiopia for the country’s loss.  President Obama also noted that Prime Minister Meles made significant contributions to Ethiopia’s development and to peace and security in the region.  President Obama underscored the commitment of the United States to continuing in our partnership with Ethiopia, and urged Acting Prime Minister Hailemariam to use his leadership to enhance the Ethiopian government’s support for development, democracy, human rights and regional security.