By Sudan Tribune,
ETHIOPIA’s ministry of defence announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with its Sudanese counterpart to establish a joint military force which would operate under the same command.
The military agreement was reached on Tuesday during the 11th Ethiopia-Sudan joint defence ministerial meeting held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia’s defence minister, Siraj Fegessa, told reporters that the joint force will be operational by the end of September.
Forces will be deployed on eight fronts along the two countries’ common border with the aim of ensuring border security, boosting economic cooperation and allowing the two countries to carry out joint development activities.
Sudanese defence minister Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein said that the formation of the joint force would further reinforce the existing security cooperation between the two countries.
Lt. Gen. Emad Al Din Mustafa, the chairman for the Sudanese side on the expert committee, said that Tuesday’s agreement was based on a memorandum of understanding previously signed between the two neighbours.
“The most important outcome of Tuesday’s talks is the conclusion of an action plan for the Ethiopia-Sudan joint forces” he said.
Ethiopia and Sudan share a long and porous borderline, which stretches around 800 kilometres.
It’s hoped the military agreement will help both countries to safeguard their common borders and defend themselves from any external aggression or other cross-border attacks.