From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 13 2009 - 11:25:37 EST
Ethiopia, SA signs defence agreement
February 13 2009 at 11:23AM
The defence ministers of South Africa and Ethiopia signed a memorandum
of understanding in Addis Ababa on Friday, South Africa's defence
spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi said.
Defence Minister Charles Nqakula and his Ethiopian counterpart Arto
Siraj Fegesa agreed that both countries would work towards developing
procedures for military co-operation including the exchange and training
of military personnel, instructors and observers and promoting technical
Co-operating in the field of military medical services, knowledge and
training would also be on the agenda.
The agreement was motivated by their commitment to support peace efforts
on the continent under the auspices of the African Union, which has its
headquarters in the northern African country.
Nqakula said co-operation between the two countries would benefit their
respective populations who were "yearning for peace, stability and
development on the African continent".
This was in line with Freedom Charter principles that there should be
peace and friendship on the African continent and beyond, said
Mkhwanazi, relaying the essence of the meeting by telephone.
The agreement between the militaries of the two countries would serve as
a springboard to ensure that they do whatever is necessary to ensure
that conflict is eradicated on the African continent, added Mkhwanazi. -
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