Ethiopian-German relations have traditionally been close and friendly. The two countries established diplomatic relations on 7 March 1905, and in 1907 the German Embassy moved into its premises on a site provided by Emperor Menelik II, where it is still located today. German and Ethiopian leaders have visited each other's countries on numerous occasions.
Germany views Ethiopia as one of its priority partners for economic cooperation and development. Traditionally, Germany is the largest importer of Ethiopian coffee. Furthermore, a wide range of German non-governmental organisations are active in Ethiopia.
A long tradition of cooperation exists also in the cultural field. Besides the flagship projects for the preservation of cultural heritage, numerous holders of DAAD, Humboldt and other scholarships act as brokers between the two cultures. Addis Ababa has a German school, a German-speaking Christian community, and a well frequented Goethe Institute. Deutsche Welle broadcasts a popular programme in Amharic.
With Addis Ababa being the seat of the African Union, the city is inquiring increasing prominence as the „capital of Africa“. Ethiopia participates activly in both the United Nations and the African Union, i.e. through its peacekeeping missions.