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KHARTOUM, August 17, 2018 (MENA) - Sudanese army Chief-of-Staff Kamal Abdul Maarouf signed an agreement with his Ethiopian counterpart Seare Mekonen to deploy joint forces on their borders with the aim of combating terrorism and human trafficking and eliminating security threats.

In press statements late Thursday, Abdul Maarouf said his talks with the visiting Ethiopian general comes within the framework ofcontinued coordination and joint action between the two sides.

The relations between the two countries are eternal and historical, he explained, adding that both armies maintained historic ties.

For his part, Mekonen said Sudan and Ethiopia have recently cooperated with regard to protecting the joint borders, pointing out that they would continue to work side by side in the face of security threats.



NAIROBI, August 14, 2018 (News Wires) - An Ethiopian court has freed 11 police officers on bail after they were detained on suspicion of negligence in a grenade attack on a rally in June attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, state-affiliated media said on Tuesday.

The attack in the capital Addis Ababa on June 23 injured more than 150 and raised fears that a group or individual may want to use violence against Abiy, who has presided over a series of reforms and a rapprochement with Eritrea since taking power in April.

Among those freed on bail is the former deputy commissioner of Addis Ababa police commission Girma Kassa, Fana Broadcasting Corporation said. None of the police have been charged.

Earlier this month, Ethiopian federal prosecutors said they had charged five suspects with involvement in the incident, including a man released from prison under a government amnesty, but did not elaborate on the motive for the attack.

RIYADH/ADDIS ABABA, August 10, 2018 (MENA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had talks in Addis Ababa with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir on means of boosting bilateral relations in all domains .

The meeting touched on the latest regional and international developments and other issues of common interest, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Saudi State Minister for African Affairs Ahmed Bin Abdelaziz Qattan and Saudi Ambassador to Ethiopia Abdullah Bin Faleh Al Argani attended the meeting.

The Saudi top diplomat arrived in Ethiopia earlier in the day coming from Eritrea.

ADDIS ABABA, August 7, 2018 (News Wires) - Ethiopia's government has signed an agreement to end hostilities with the Oromo Liberation Front, which it had previously declared a terrorist movement, state television reported on Tuesday.

The deal appeared another step in a drive by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to improve security and diplomatic relations, reform institutions and open parts of the state-controlled economy.

Since the 1970s, the rebels have fought a low-level insurgency for self-determination for the Oromiya region, which is Ethiopia's largest and home to the Oromo ethnic group.

The OLF was initially part of a transitional government set up in 1991 by rebels from the EPRDF coalition who had driven Mengistu Haile Mariam from power, but they soon fell out with the coalition.

On Tuesday, the government signed a reconciliation agreement to end hostilities with the OLF's exiled leader Dawud Ibsa, who lives in exile in Asmara, the capital of neighbouring Eritrea, said Eritrea's Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel.

"The agreement further states that ... the OLF will conduct its political activities in Ethiopia through peaceful means," he said on Twitter. The deal was signed in Asmara.



ADDIS ABABA, July 26, 2018 (News Wires) - The project manager of Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was found dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, state media reported.

Simegnew Bekele was the public face of the dam being built near the country's western border with Sudan that, when completed, will be Africa's largest.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate said Simegnew "has been found dead in his car at Meskel Square," in the centre of Addis Ababa.

"The cause of his death is unknown," Fana added.

The renaissance dam is one of several "mega-projects" Ethiopia is pursuing that include railways and industrial parks aimed at transforming its economy and pulling the country out of poverty.

Construction started in 2011, and two of its 16 turbines are scheduled to start producing power in 2018, the Ethiopian authorities said earlier this year.

The Blue and the White Nile converge in Sudan's capital Khartoum and from there run north through Egypt to the Mediterranean.

Simegnew's death is the second of a high-profile company official in recent months.

In May, gunmen ambushed and killed Deep Kamra, the country manager for Nigeria's Dangote Cement, alongside two others in the Oromia region outside Addis Ababa.

Abu Dhabi, July 24, 2018 (New Wires)-  The prime minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmad and the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki were accorded a warm welcome at the Presidential palace in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

A number of ministers from the UAE and other top government officials were present on the occasion along with the ambassadors of various countries.

Eritrea and Ethiopia were at war for almost twenty years before they established diplomatic relations earlier this month. The UAE played a significant role in bringing the two warring nations together.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Abu Dhabi crown prince said, “A tripartite summit comprising Eritrea, Ethiopia, and the UAE gets underway in Abu Dhabi.”

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