ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Turkey signed on Tuesday a bilateral extradition agreement that would help their respective governments bring criminals who have fled their country to justice.
The two countries also signed another bilateral agreement on Mutual legal Assistance in criminal matters, said the FDRE Ministry of Justice in a statement today.
The agreements were signed by Ethiopian State Minister of Justice, Alemante Agidew and his Turkish counterpart, Yakup Moğul, on Tuesday in Ankara.
The signing took place at the end of a two-day discussion between an Ethiopian delegation, led by State Minister Alemante, and officials of the Turkish Ministry of Justice on bilateral cooperation.
Turkish Deputy Minister of Justice Moğul said the bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Turkey have been increasing in recent times.
This makes cooperation on issues related to justice and crime mitigation paramount importance to prevent crimes, Moğul said, adding that wanted criminals hiding in each country should be handed over at any time and as soon as possible.
Turkey is already the second largest investor in Ethiopia, next to China, with its investment currently standing at 2.5 billion US Dollars. Their relationship grew further when their officials signed water and military financial cooperation agreements during Prime Minister Abiy’s official visit to Ankara in August 2021.
Turkey has been demonstrating its partnership with Ethiopia in various ways, State Minister of Justice Alemante said, expressing Addis Ababa’s desire to work with Ankara on capacity building.
The latest agreements on Extradition and on Mutual legal Assistance in criminal matters would even further enhance the longstanding bilateral cooperation between Turkey and Ethiopia, the State Minister added.