United States President Barack Obama has praised Ethiopia as an “outstanding partner” in the fight against militant Islamists.

Mr. Obama said its troops had played a key role in weakening the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia.

He was speaking after talks with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn ┬áduring the first ever visit by a US president to the Eastern African state.

President Obama also called on Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn to improve Ethiopia’s record on human rights and good governance.

 

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