Irish President Michael D Higgins has arrived in Ethiopia as part of a 3-week trip to Africa.

He will also visit Malawi and South Africa on his 21-day visit.

The President and his wife Sabina were met in Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia Aidan O'Hara.

Hel visited the National Museum of Ethiopia this evening and was due to attend an informal dinner.

Irish aid agencies are very active in the country. He will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Mulatu Teshome.