In a significant stride towards bolstering bilateral relations, high-level defense experts from Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in defense and security. The MoU was signed during the 10th Ethiopia-Djibouti Defense Experts Joint Committee Meeting that commenced on Sunday in Djibouti.
A Step Towards Strengthened Ties
Reported by the Ethiopian Embassy in Djibouti, the meeting witnessed in-depth discussions centered around defense and security collaboration between the two Horn of Africa nations. The Ethiopian delegation, headed by Brigadier General Teshome Anagaw, engaged in dialogues with Djibouti's Taher Ali Mohammed, addressing mutual concerns and fortifying the ties between the two countries. The signing of the MoU signifies a commitment to shared security interests and a mutual desire to work closely in the realms of defense.
Other Regional Dialogues
Simultaneously, the Annual Expert and Ministerial Stock-take Meeting of the IGAD Support Platform/Global Compact for Refugees commenced in Addis Ababa. The meeting focuses on evaluating the progress of the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration and strengthening regional integration and cooperation.
However, amid these efforts for cooperation, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's recent remarks about Ethiopia's quest for access to the Red Sea have triggered concerns about potential conflict in the region. These remarks have been perceived as a threat to the sovereignty of neighboring states, sparking widespread talks of an imminent war. The situation remains tense, with diverging perspectives on the potential impacts of the campaign.