Ursula von der Leyen’s first official trip outside the EU will be to Ethiopia
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    Ursula von der Leyen’s first official trip outside the EU will be to Ethiopia

    Von der Leyen plans to meet African Union representative Moussa Faki, Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed and Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde. Credit: Belga

    The new president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced on Sunday that she would leave for the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, on Friday. 

    This will be her first official trip outside the EU. 

    “I decided to go to Africa for my first trip outside the EU. I will go to Addis Ababa on Friday to meet African Union representative Moussa Faki, Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed and Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, the only woman at the head of an African country,” she announced during an interview with Brussels press agencies on Sunday. “I will be back in Brussels on Sunday,” von der Leyen added. 

    Von der Leyen took up her new position as president of the European Commission on Sunday, a month later than originally planned. She got straight to work with a series of telephone calls to heads of G7 and G20 member countries. 

    She spoke to the Chinese, South Korean, Indonesian, Australian and Turkish heads of state. 

    Von der Leyen will go to Madrid on Monday for COP25, where she will speak about her “Green Deal” for the EU, which she promised to deliver during the first 100 days of her mandate.  

    “My stay in Madrid will be short. It will just be a run-down of what we are planning. But Madrid will be the launch of the Green Deal,” she explained. 

    Sarah Johansson

    The Brussels Times