Ethiopia, Somalia Security chiefs meet again in Addis Ababa over terrorism

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Somalia and Ethiopia security agencies have agreed on the need to cooperate in a bid to fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

This follows talks between Mahad Mohamed,  the Director of Somali National Intelligence and his Ethiopian counterpart Temesgen Tiuneh in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

Both intelligence agencies, have agreed to work closely on credible information exchange and jointly operate anti terrorism initiatives.

The two security agencies have also expressed the significance of eradication of the Al Shabaab terror group and hailed the ongoing nationwide military campaign against the militants.

The Addis meet comes two weeks after the two security chiefs met in Mogadishu where they signed an agreement on cooperation and exchange of information after the neighbouring countries agreed to collaborate in a bid to snuff out terrorism in the region.

The series of meeting comes a month after a terrorist attack in Mogadishu left scores dead, and  hundreds injured.

The Somalia government has retaliated to the attacks by among others, closing several media outlets it says are used by terrorist groups to manifest their agenda.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Ethiopian Prime minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed have already agreed to improving security conditions around the border of the two countries.

The Somali National Security and Intelligence Agency has increased vigilance of the agency’s security officers and the connection between them and the community thus enabling the country’s intelligence officers to get information about Al-Shabaab more easily than before.