A memorandum of understanding was signed to control cross-border crime
The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission and the South Sudan National Police have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to control cross-border crime, curb human trafficking, control arms smuggling and conduct joint operations.
The agreement was signed by Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash G. Michael and South Sudan Inspector General Ajak Akej Malok.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allows for the control of transnational crime, the prevention of human trafficking, the control of illegal arms trafficking, and the conduct of joint operations. They also agreed to exchange experiences and trainings between the Ethiopian Police University and South Sudan Police Training.
Commissioner General Demelash G. Michael on his part said Ethiopia and South Sudan have a long-standing close relationship, adding that the relationship between the two countries is not limited to politics or diplomacy but their citizens are born.
He said the signed agreement will play an important role in ensuring lasting peace in the region, adding that they will conduct joint operations to exchange information on criminals and wanted suspects.
South Sudan Inspector General Ajak Akj Malok, for his part, said South Sudan and Ethiopia have a long-standing relationship but today's agreement has laid the foundation for generations. He said such an agreement is the first of its kind between the two countries' police institutions, adding that the agreement is historic and will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries and they are committed to the implementation of the agreement.
Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan Nabil Mehadi and South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan also signed the agreement. Both ambassadors said they will closely monitor the success of the agreement.
He visited the South Sudan Police Training College in Raf.
During his stay in South Sudan, Commissioner General Demelash G. Michael met with President Salva Kiir's Security Adviser General Tut, Interior Minister General Paul Mayoum and Director General of Homeland Security General Akol Kur, according to the commission.