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Ethiopia, UAE to reinforce military cooperation

Ethiopia, UAE to reinforce military cooperation

The Defense Ministries of both Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reportedly forged a renewed military cooperation that will elevate their existing relationship.

Reports coming out of Abu Dhabi revealed that General Adem Mohammed, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force has met with Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces.

According to Emirates News Agency, during the meeting, the two sides reviewed the prospects of advancing military cooperation between the two countries.

Currently on a visit to Ethiopia, Lt. General Al Rumaithi, accompanied by a top brass delegation, “Deliberated on the progress of military collaboration between the two countries and exchanged views over an array of issues of common interest,” the news agency reported.

Relations between Ethiopia and the UAE have grown in a range of areas. It can be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) visited Abu Dhabi in June 2018, nearly a month after he took Office, where he has met with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed the opportunities to enhance cooperation between the two countries in various sectors and exchanged views on the development of events and issues on a regional and in international level. Furthermore, at the time, it was revealed that the UAE pledged USD three billion in aid and investments to Ethiopia, as part of the major show of support to PM Abiy. In addition to the USD 3 billion, it has been reported that the Oil-rich Gulf nation would also deposit at least USD one billion in the Ethiopian Central Bank (Central Bank of Ethiopia/CBE) to ease the then prevalent foreign currency Shortage.