Addis Ababa, May 4, 2022 (FBC) – The meeting of the Ethiopia-Kenya Joint Technical Boundary Committee (JTBC) opened in Nairobi, Kenya today.

The Ethiopian technical team was led by Wuhib Muluneh, Advisor of International Boundaries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, and the Kenyan side was led by John Mugendi, Deputy Director of the Kenya International Boundaries Office (KIBO), in the President Office of Kenya.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Meles Alem, noted the two sisterly countries enjoy excellent, multifaceted diplomatic relations that are founded on the principles of consistency, mutual respect and cooperation.

The relations are defined by the highest political commitment of our respective leaders and the close relations between our people, especially along the common borders, Ambassador Meles added.

The Ambassador stressed that the deliberations of this historic meeting augment the longstanding diplomatic relations founded on good neighborliness, which has been and continues to be affirmed through the miscellaneous JBAC meetings.

He also called upon the two sides to allocate the necessary financial, technical and logistical resources to create a conducive ground for the implementation of the activities of the maintenance of the boundary.

In the coming two days, the Joint Technical meeting will review 2019 Mombasa Report (JTBC) on the inspection and maintenance work, discussion on security situation and sensitization along the border areas between the Ethiopia and Kenya, review of the budget and work plan and finally deliberate on the experience from Kenya- Tanzania Border Inspection and Maintenance Work.

The boundary treaty between Ethiopia and Kenya was signed in 1970.

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