Addis Ababa, May 25, 2016 (FBC) – Ethiopia has built a strong military force capable of carrying out many operations at once, said Siraj Fegessa, Minister of Defense of Ethiopia.
Despite anti-peace forces’ repeated provocative acts from outside and inside, the country has continued to remain peaceful and register economic growth due to its military hard work, he said at a panel discussion held here today in connection with the silver jubilee of Ginbot 20 (May 28), which marks the downfall of Derge regime.
Military personnel drawn from various divisions took part at the panel discussion which reviewed the role played by the defense force to lift Ethiopia out of conflict 25 years ago and its contribution in the current inclusive economic growth.
The defense force has undertaken successful activities towards foiling provocative acts of anti-peace forces from inside and outside, including from the Shaebian government, and creating peaceful environment for the public to carry out their daily activities, he said.
In addition to safeguarding the sovereignty and peace in the country, Ethiopian defense force has been undertaking notable peacekeeping operations in neighboring countries in particular and the continent in general.
Ethiopia has deployed more than 12,000 peacekeepers and is the leading country in deploying a large number of peacekeepers, according to Siraj.
Members of the defense force are also putting their mark on various development projects, including on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
In a related development, employees of ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Industry, Transport as well as Water, Irrigation and Electricity celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ginbot 20.
Translated and posted by Amare Asrat