Ethiopia, Turkey Sign Water, Military Finance Cooperation Deals

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Turkey have signed water and military financial cooperation in the presence of leaders of the two countries – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The agreement was signed in Ankara, Turkey where PM Abiy and his delegation went on Wednesday for a day-long official visit.

Member of the delegations, State Minister of foreign affairs Redwan Hussein, and Defense Minister Dr. Kenea Yadeta signed four agreements on behalf of Ethiopia.

The signed memorandum of understanding are Cooperation agreement in the field of water, Military Framework Agreement, Implementation Protocol regarding Financial Assistance, and Military Financial Cooperation Agreement, according to the prime minister office.

‘Vital deals’

Ankara and Addis Ababa have friendly relations and the two leaders pledged to boost economic cooperation and trade.

“The agreements we have signed are vital in strengthening relationships between Ethiopia and Turkey,” Prime Minister Abiy said.

“I appreciate Turkey’s support in Ethiopia’s continued development and stability,” he added.

President Erdogan commended the long standing bilateral relations between the two countries reaffirming commitment to transform the ties to a higher level in several areas of cooperation.

Wednesday’s official visit marked the 125th anniversary of Ethio-Turkish relations.

During the course of the official visit, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed laid a wreath at the Anitkabir Mausoleum.

PM Abiy came back to Ethiopia on Wednesday evening. Upon his return, he said “Ethiopia will never forget the critical time cooperation the people and government of Turkey extended to us”.