A landlocked Ethiopia sign defense accords to create navy with France

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R, bacground) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L, bacground) applaud while AFD Managing Director Remy Rioux (L) and Ethiopian Finance Minister Ahmed Shide shake hands after signing agreements on March 12, 2019 in Addis Ababa. Photo: AFP

NEWSROOM (ADV) – France and Ethiopia signed a number of agreements on 12 March, aimed at strengthening military and economic ties between the two countries during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Addis Abba.

Details of the accords were not disclosed, although Reuters reported that Macron said at a press conference, “This unprecedented defense co-operation agreement provides a framework and notably opens the way for France to assist in establishing an Ethiopian naval component.”

Reuters further noted that the accords provide for co-operation on aerial operations, joint operations, and opportunities for training and equipment purchases.

Following the loss of Eritrea following the 1991–93 war, Ethiopia became a landlocked state and its navy effectively ceased to exist.

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