He flew in on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight and was received at the Bole International airport by top government officials.
A visibly excited Rivlin said he was exchanging a visit after Queen Sheba, that he was coming in the name of (king) Solomon. Asked about his flight, he responded: A very pleasant flight … (Ethiopian), they are a very good airline.
#Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin arrived in #AddisAbeba yesterday. His visit is the first visit of an Israeli head of state to #Ethiopia. Up on arriving, Pres. Rivlin joked he was “coming in the name of [king] Solomon.” pic.twitter.com/hlKtmb2Nmf— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) May 2, 2018
On Wednesday morning, he held meetings with Ethiopia president at the national palace. State media report that he also met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The PM is currently on a two-day visit to Sudan.
President Rivlin is expected to address the Ethio-Israel business forum to be held in the capital Addis Ababa.
He was accompanied by a business delegation led by Shraga Brosh, President of Manufacturers Association of Israel.
#Israel President PresidentRuvi is in #Ethiopiawhere he’s met the new PM, President Mulatu and the Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Abuna Mathias. Pics courtesy Mark Newman/ GPOIsrael pic.twitter.com/9RQ8ueGIKr— emmanuel Igunza (@EmmanuelIgunza) May 2, 2018
They are the first operators on the continent to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 dreamliner. The airline currently flies to over 50 African cities in what is the largest network by a national carrier.
Two major decisions made recently by the carrier include switching fully to digital processes in its operations and also the provision of free Wi-Fi access for travellers using its main hub, the Bole International Airport in the capital Addis Ababa.