ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Russia have agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of intelligence and security, a state-run new agency reported on Wednesday.
According to a state news agency, the two sides disclosed the agreement during the meeting held between head of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) of Ethiopia, Temesgen Tiruneh and Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia Yevgeny Terekhin, on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the two officials exchanged views on various bilateral issues.
The NISS Director said the discussion focused on ways the two countries could cooperate with a view to help Ethiopia curb the challenges that it has been facing currently.
The director further stated that an enhanced cooperation with the government of Russia is critical to help the ongoing efforts being undertaken in NISS to create a more independent and professional intelligence institution.
The partnership between the two countries is now fruitful and has been tested during hard times too, he said, adding that discussion was held with the Ambassador on ways to strengthen cooperation in the field of intelligence and security.
Ambassador Terekhin, on his part, said Russia will enhance its existing multifaceted bilateral ties with Ethiopia.
He added that his country is keen to advance its cooperation with Ethiopia in the areas of intelligence and security.