BANQUET IN HONOUR OF BULGARIAN LEADER
It is a great pleasure to welcome you and your entourage to Ethiopia and to wish you a pleasant and enjoyable sojourn here among Our people. Speaking both personally and for all Ethiopians. We are deeply gratified to have this opportunity to convey to you and through you to the Bulgarian people warm assurances of the continued respect and sympathy which bind Us close. We are particularly fortunate in welcoming Your Excellency – a patriot who struggled for the liberation of his country.
We are convinced that these exchanges of visits will help to strengthen the bond of friendship between our two countries. Relations between our two nations have expanded notably in recent years as We have come to recognize the vast area of common interest and potential which We share and can develop together to the benefit of both Our peoples. The Bulgarian experience in overcoming her own economic problems can be of great value to Ethiopia and there is much to be gained on both sides in the application of this experience in the Ethiopian context. Bulgarian assistance in the development of Ethiopia’s fishing industry is already showing notable results, and We look forward to the expansion of collaboration between us in this and other areas as our two nations proceed together along the path of development. We would like to thank the Bulgarian Government for assistance already rendered to Ethiopia.
As you are well aware, Your Excellency, Ethiopia stands today as one of the great potential markets of Africa. The development of her immense productive resources has already begun in earnest, and the next few years will surely witness a substantial increase in her world trade position. This rapid growth is now occurring and will continue because our proud and ancient nation has after many centuries of isolation at last stepped forward to join hands with the world, to seek knowledge and understanding and to give of her own resources wherever necessary in the cause of world peace and progress.
As Our nations continue to aid and support one another in their drive towards development We shall be enabled to further the great principles which We share in common with all the enlightened peoples of the world. United, We shall augment Our capacity to aid in the achievement of world peace and to make available not only for Our peoples but for all mankind as well, the freedom and opportunity which are the desired fruits of world progress.
The nations of the world are today interdependent in such a way that the suffering or privation of anyone is in greater or lesser measure a stricture on all others. It is the duty of every world leader today to require and accept the principle of the collective responsibility of all men for the welfare of their brethren. We are confident, that in our meetings here we shall find new ways to strengthen the links which already join our peoples and to advance arm in arm towards the happy future which is Our hope not only for Our own people but for all the world.
In the few days which you will spend in Ethiopia, both you and your party will have the occasion to glimpse something of the unique life and culture which characterize Our ancient nation. You will learn something of the traditions of Our people and you will have the opportunity to see and understand at first hand the warm friendship which they extend to those who come as honoured guests in the name of peace and progress.
Let Us, then, raise Our glasses in toast to the continuing and deepening friendship between the Bulgarian and Ethiopian peoples, to their united growth in happiness and prosperity, and to the health and long life of Our distinguished guest, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and Dr. Maleeva.
Nov. 23, 1965.
Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 133 – &
Important Utterances of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I - page 553 -