Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Hadas Parush/Flash90

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone Tuesday with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ahmed congratulated Netanyahu on his victory in the elections for Israel's 25th Knesset earlier this month. The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen Israel and Ethiopia's ties.

Ahmed, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea, had a good relationship with Netanyahu during the latter's previous stint as Israel's Prime Minister.

Netanyahu became the first Israeli head of state to visit Ethiopia in 2016. Ahmed visited Israel and met Netanyahu in the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem in 2019 in a meeting where the two discussed security cooperation between the two countries.

Last year, Ahmed accused Israel of allowing a number of officers involved in a massacre in their home country to find refuge in Israel, slamming the government's handling of a wave of immigrants from Ethiopia. While Ahmed made the accusations to then-Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the operation in question had taken place near the end of Netanyahu's last term as Prime Minister.