France suspends military cooperation agreement with Ethiopia


NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – France has suspended a deal on military cooperation with Ethiopia as the international community raises alarm at the escalating 9-month-old conflict in Tigray, which has killed thousands of people and now spreads to other parts of Africa’s second most populous nation, AFP news agency reported on Friday.

The deal agreed between the Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed and French president Emmanuel Macron in March was suspended at the beginning of July, two official sources with knowledge of the issue told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Macron and biy reached an agreement in which France would loan 85 million euros ($100million) to support landlocked Ethiopia’s ambition to a build a navy.

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