U.S., Ethiopia sign new agreement, enhance security partnership

Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander U.S. Africa Command and en. Samora Yunis, Chief of Staff Ethiopian National Defense Force sign the summary of conclusions after a Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The new agreement out lines the cross-exchange of logistics, services, supplies and support, as well as a way forward for the Africa Data-Sharing Network and combat engineering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)   Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander U.S. Africa Command and en. Samora Yunis, Chief of Staff Ethiopian National Defense Force sign the summary of conclusions after a Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The new agreement out lines the cross-exchange of logistics, services, supplies and support, as well as a way forward for the Africa Data-Sharing Network and combat engineering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Gen. Samora Yunis, Chief of Staff Ethiopian National Defense Force, and Siraj Fergessa the Ethiopian Minister of Defense, host a traditional  Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Amanda Dory, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach, Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander U.S. Africa Command, and Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa before the 6th Annual Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The BDC is a ministerial level event in which high ranking civilian and military leaders from both countries come together in order to create a signed document which outlines both parties mutually agreed upon future cooperation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)    Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Gen. Samora Yunis, Chief of Staff Ethiopian National Defense Force, and Siraj Fergessa the Ethiopian Minister of Defense, host a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Amanda Dory, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach, Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander U.S. Africa Command, and Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa before the 6th Annual Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The BDC is a ministerial level event in which high ranking civilian and military leaders from both countries come together in order to create a signed document which outlines both parties mutually agreed upon future cooperation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Amanda Dory, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs and Siraj Fergessa the Ethiopian Minister of Defense, talk about family and how Fergessa's new born son will be named before the start of the 6th Annual U.S. and Ethiopian Bilateral Defense Committee  (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The BDC is a ministerial level event in which high ranking civilian and military leaders from both countries come together in order to create a signed document which outlines both parties mutually agreed upon future cooperation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)   Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Amanda Dory, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs and Siraj Fergessa the Ethiopian Minister of Defense, talk about family and how Fergessa's new born son will be named before the start of the 6th Annual U.S. and Ethiopian Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The BDC is a ministerial level event in which high ranking civilian and military leaders from both countries come together in order to create a signed document which outlines both parties mutually agreed upon future cooperation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander U.S. Africa Command and en. Samora Yunis, Chief of Staff Ethiopian National Defense Force sign the summary of conclusions after a Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The new agreement out lines the cross-exchange of logistics, services, supplies and support, as well as a way forward for the Africa Data-Sharing Network and combat engineering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)  Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander U.S. Africa Command and en. Samora Yunis, Chief of Staff Ethiopian National Defense Force sign the summary of conclusions after a Bilateral Defense Committee (BDC) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 March, 2016. The new agreement out lines the cross-exchange of logistics, services, supplies and support, as well as a way forward for the Africa Data-Sharing Network and combat engineering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)

Senior defense and government officials from the U.S. and Ethiopia held the sixth annual Bilateral Defense Committee March 31, 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The ministerial-level meeting produced a new agreement outlining the cross-exchange of logistics, services, supplies, and support between the nations, as well as a plan for future security cooperation activities designed to meet mutual defense priorities.

 

Ethiopian attendees included Gen. Samora Yunis, Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) Chief of the General Staff, and Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa. U.S. attendees included Amanda Dory, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia M. Haslach, Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, and Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander.

 

After a brief coffee ceremony, Minister Siraj opened the meeting by reaffirming Ethiopia's commitment to securing a safer East African region and continuing its partnership with the U.S. for years to come.

"I look forward to continuing the close cooperation of our two defense forces. I have no doubts that we will turn that into a truly successful endeavor," said Siraj. "We have worked together for over 100 years, and I know this will continue with lasting success and friendship between us."

 

Dory echoed the importance of a long-lasting partnership and bilateral support between the U.S. and Ethiopia.

 

"Ethiopia's continued commitment to supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and their unwavering support to the United Nations Peace Operations goes to show just how progressive and strong Ethiopia is," said Dory. "Neutralizing Al-Shabaab is a high priority for both the U.S. and Ethiopia, and working together plays a key role in peace and security."

 

Rodriguez opened the plenary sessions by leading discussions on counterterrorism cooperation, Somalia security sector reform cooperation and intelligence sharing.

 

"We remain strongly committed to supporting AMISOM and its efforts in Somalia," said Rodriguez. "Key to these efforts is the resumption of the AMISOM offensive Operation Juba Corridor (OJC)."

 

OJC is aimed at further degrading the Al-Shabaab violent extremist organization by removing them from their strong holds in multiple regions of Somalia. Since the start of OJC, the ENDF and other AMISOM forces have recovered major towns and villages in Somalia.

 

"Support between the Ethiopians and the U.S. will continue to be broad ranging, and will include equipment, training, advisory support, information sharing, and logistics support," said Rodriguez. "We will also continue to look for new opportunities where the U.S. can leverage additional resources to boost AMISOM capabilities."

 

The officials also discussed other regional issues including the Islamic State, ENDF support to United Nations peace support operations, impacts of drought in Ethiopia, air mobility and communications support, and defense health cooperation.

Tags

We suggest

CJTF-HOA rolls-out Disinfectant Teams

In order to keep personnel safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) leadership created and trained a team of service members to disinfect high-usage areas around camp.

Air Traffic Control: Stoplight for the Sky

CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI— Air Traffic Control is an around-the-clock job, and those in the career field need to maintain flexibility to continue the mission, no matter what’s going on in the rest of the world.

Sailor predicts weather, ensures operational safety

While most people know what to expect with weather in Djibouti, it takes an expert to predict when it will vary. These variations from typical weather patterns are what have the largest impact, so it is imperative to know when they are coming and what to expect. Prior to the execution of any given mission, it is important that Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) key personnel understand and assess the potential weather-induced risks involved.

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa stands up East Africa’s first blood storage and distribution center

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s (CJTF-HOA) medical logistics Soldiers processed blood for the first time with the command’s brand-new, and only, blood storage and distribution center.

Deployed siblings reunite halfway around the world

While military members are often familiar with leaving their family behind for an extended amount of time, two brothers found themselves closer than they had been in 20 years during their recent deployment to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Greer, staff judge advocate for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and Chief Hospital Corpsman (HMC) Tim Greer, medical department head for Coastal Riverine Squadron 1-Forward, reunited halfway around the world for nearly eight months during their overlapping deployments.