The 27th Ethio-Djibouti Joint Border Administrators and Commissioners Meeting is underway at Arta town, Djibouti as of yesterday.
At the opening session of the meeting Frealem Shibabaw, State Minister of Peace of the FDRE remarked that the people of the two countries have a common destiny and shared vision.
Mrs. Frealem also praised the wise and enlightened leadership of the two governments and highlighted the success achieved in establishing multi-sectoral cooperation that showcased the deep strategic partnership that goes beyond commercial relations.
Similarly, Berhanu Tsegaye, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the FDRE to the Republic of Djibouti, underscored that undertaking the meeting at this critical juncture is a reflection of the extraordinary relationship between the two sisterly countries.
He further indicated that the meeting is one of the several mechanisms to strengthen the strategic partnership in all aspects of political, economic, and social engagements.
On his part, Sead Nouh Hassan, Minister of Interior of Djibouti, pinpointed that the meeting is crucial to consolidate the existing strong relationship between the two countries and emphasized the importance of continuing to work jointly to control illicit activities across the shared border areas including against illicit smuggling of goods and illegal movement persons.
He also noted that the relationship between the two is manifested not only through economic terms but also through social and cultural ties.
According to the information obtained from MoFA, the meeting mainly focused on major areas comprising border trade and Security, Immigration and Movement of people, human trafficking and irregular migration, transport, customs and illicit Trade, Human and Animal health as well as issues of agriculture and live stocks.
The two sides vowed to continue their engagement to curb the illicit activities across their shared border and ensure the efficient and effective movement of goods and people across the Ethio-Djibouti corridor. (Walta)