International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome today discussed enhancing the collaboration between the Ethiopian government and the Olympic Movement.
The Ethiopian President outlined the positive contribution Olympic sports had made in recent years in building the successful development of the nation. And he underlined the "importance of offering aid and support to the National Olympic Committee when needed."
"The values of sport can be invaluable to a country in helping to bring people together and to forge social cohesion," said President Bach. "And it is good to see Olympic Solidarity and Olympafrica helping to deliver this in Ethiopia."
The IOC President also underlined the importance of autonomy to allow sport to flourish.
The two leaders also discussed the success of Ethiopian athletes at the recent African Youth Games in Botswana.
Later, at a lunch hosted by the NOC, the IOC President met the country's foreign minister and many of the country's Olympic athletes, including two-time Olympic marathon champion Haile Gebrsalassie.
Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the power of the Olympics to "reinforce the image of a country and unite the people behind a common goal."
The day finished with a visit to the NOC headquarters and to the Ethiopian Youth Sports Academy, where President Bach met young athletes.
The IOC President was accompanied by IOC member in Ethiopia Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, and the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Lassana Palenfo. Representatives of the Ethiopian NOC also joined the delegation.
Ethiopia was the last stop on President Bach's three-nation African tour that also included visits to Botswana for the 2nd African Youth Games and Kenya.