Ethiopian Air Force Modernized, Equipped with Technology after Reform: Top Military Officials

The Ethiopian Air Force has been modernized and equipped in all aspects following the reform, according to top military officials.

President Sahlework Zewde, National Defense Force Chief of Staff Field Marshal Beranu Jula, and Ethiopian Air Force Chief Lieutenant General Yilma Merdasa presided over the graduation of pilots from Ethiopian Air Force Academy today.

Speaking on the occasion, the president acknowledged the efforts of rebuilding the Ethiopian Air Force in a way that will able it to successfully defend the territory and air space of the country from any danger.

However, it must further be strengthened and modernized with technology as a great nation should have a great air force, she pointed out.

National Defense Force Chief of Staff, Field Marshal Beranu Jula said that the Ethiopian Air Force has been rebuilt in a way that it can defend the sovereignty and dignity of the country.

Field Marshal Berhanu pointed out that significant improvement has been made in infrastructure and human resources development.

The government is also working to make the air force to become the first in Africa by maintaining existing aircraft, purchasing up to date aircraft, planes and helicopters, and training pilots.

Air Force Chief Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa said on his part that Ethiopian Air Force has been reorganized and become independent of any political and ethnic affiliations after the reform.

Hence, it is modernizing and enhancing its capacity based on merits and competencies of professionals, he added.

According to him, the Air Force has contributed a lot to the law enforcement operation.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Recent Atrocity in Oromia Plotted by Terrorist TPLF, Shene & Foreign Elements: Finnish Diplomat

The recent atrocity committed in Wolega Zone, Oromia Region, is plotted by the terrorists TPLF and Shene, and foreign anti-peace elements, former Finnish diplomat Simo Parviainen revealed.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, the former diplomat said that Kjetil Tronvoll from Norway has suggested to a pro-TPLF media that the incident is committed by TPLF, Shene and other anti- peace elements.

He also quoted an activist who is a constitutional scholar in Australia and working with Shene as saying that “the commands of the headquarters of (the so-called) Oromo Liberation Army and TPLF are working together.”

The former Finnish diplomat elaborated that this person, who calls himself a constitutional scholar in Australia, was saying that the commands of the headquarters of Shene  and TPLF are working together. “So, definitely I analyze that there is connection there.’’

According to him, the incident would also be connected with Sudan and  Egypt as they are  working probably with the TPLF and Shene because they try to destabilize Ethiopia due to GERD, even if Egypt can’t really stop Ethiopia’s dam and development.

Parviainen underscored that these anti-peace elements are trying to destabilize Ethiopia together with TPLF and Shene.

The former diplomat also heard from people close to TPLF circle residing in USA and Europe  saying that they have very close cooperation with the extremists working in Oromia Region.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency