ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Djibouti on Monday inked an agreement to work together on border security, peacekeeping and other areas.
The pact was signed at the end of the 9th Ethio-Djibouti Defense Chiefs of Staff meeting held at the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
In a statement, the ENDF said.Chief of Staff of Ethiopian army Field Marshal Birhanu Jula and his Djiboutian counterpart General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim signed the agreement that aims to scale up cooperation between the defense forces of the two countries.
Accordingly, the two sides agreed to jointly work on border patrols, step up information exchange, counter-terrorism, and peacekeeping operations, among others.
After signing the agreement, Field Marshal Birhanu said the agreement that will pave a way for strategic, technical cooperation between the two nations, is of great significance to regional peace and security.
The two countries will be at the forefront to consolidate their role in peacekeeping missions, Field Marshal Berhanu underscored.
Chief of Staff Djiboutian Gen Ibrahim recalled the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the police forces of the the two countries.
The newly signed agreement between the two countries militaries will also be a “Key pact that can benefit all”, Gen Ibrahim added.