media statement 2009

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE: PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SIGNING OF THE DEFENCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA: 13 FEBRUARY 2009

12 February 2009
Embargo : None

The Minister of Defence Mr Charles Nqakula is to pay a two (2) day official visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 12 to 13 February 2009. During the visit, Minister Nqakula will sign an Agreement on Defence Cooperation between South Africa and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The Agreement will strengthen the defence cooperation of the two Defence Forces and further consolidate the current friendly and good ties that exist between the two countries.

In 2004, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia joined forces with South Africa during the peacekeeping operations in Burundi.

In this regard, the Agreement will seek to promote close cooperation, mutual understanding and collaboration between the two countries in matters of defence, including in peace operations of the African Union and the United Nations.

Ethiopia is one of the major role-players in the Horn of Africa region and as such South Africa views this Agreement as of strategic importance in the context of peace, stability and development on the African Continent

Through the Agreement, both countries will work towards achieving the following:

  • To develop and formulate procedures for military cooperation between their respective Armed Forces;
  • promote the training of military personnel through the exchange of trainees, instructors and observers;
  • promote technical cooperation;
  • cooperate in the field of military medical services;
  • cooperate in the exchange of knowledge and training in the field of United Nations and African Union peacekeeping operations and
  • encourage the exchange of military personnel at all levels to enhance sport and cultural links between the Armed Forces of the two countries.
     

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