December 4, 2019
This week, locally published Ethiopian English Newspaper, Capital, reported that Ethiopia’s Navy base will be in Djibouti with Command Office in Bahir Dar.
As it turns out, it seems that matter has not reached the final stage.
Djibouti Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mohammed Idris Farah, told BBC Amharic service that no formal agreement is reached between the two countries.
However, he confirmed that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Djiboutian counterpart, president Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, did have a bilateral discussion and the naval base issue was one of the topics discussed.
The agreement to establish a naval base in Djibouti is not something that Ethiopia and Djibouti can conclude bilaterally.
The Ambassador said that France will be part of the agreement as it has pledged support to Ethiopia in its effort to establish its naval force.
It was during his visit to Ethiopia in March 2019 that French President, Emmanuel Macron, pledged France’s support to Ethiopia in its effort to re-establish the force.
Ethiopia’s naval force was disbanded in 1996 following the secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is reviving is naval force as part of its reform measure to the Defense Department.
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