Ethiopian-Pakistani Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in Counter-Terrorism and Beyond

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Jemal Beker Abdula, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, engaged in discussions with H.E. Sarfraz Bugti, the Caretaker Interior Minister. The meeting, held at the minister’s office, focused on fostering collaboration between Ethiopia and Pakistan in the realms of security, counter-terrorism, and immigration.

During the meeting, Ambassador Abdula highlighted the structural similarities and common challenges faced by both countries, emphasizing the need for knowledge and experience exchange to combat terrorism, illicit trade, and smuggling. He underlined Ethiopia’s counter-terrorism efforts in the Horn of Africa, expressing the country’s eagerness to collaborate closely with Pakistan in this regard.

Ambassador Abdula also provided a briefing on Ethiopia’s economic progress under the leadership of Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed. In response, the Caretaker Interior Minister acknowledged Ethiopia’s economic prosperity achieved through reforms and expressed Pakistan’s readiness to share knowledge and experiences, particularly in counter-terrorism.

Minister Bugti affirmed Pakistan’s high regard for Africa, recognizing Ethiopia’s critical role in connecting the country with the African continent. He lauded Ethiopia’s efforts in ensuring peace and security not only regionally but also globally. The discussions concluded with both sides expressing a commitment to strengthen their partnership in various areas, contributing to mutual growth and stability.

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