Navy plan for coun­try with no coast­line

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LAND­LOCKED Ethiopia is plan­ning to build a NAVY.

The coun­try, which has no coast­line, dis­banded its navy in 1991 af­ter its then-prov­ince Eritrea be­came in­de­pen­dent.

Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed said: “Fol­low­ing the ef­forts made to build ca­pac­ity of our na­tional de­fence, we built one of the strong­est ground and air forces in Africa.

“We should build our naval force ca­pac­ity in the fu­ture.”

He said the mil­i­tary re­forms should “take into ac­count cur­rent fast-chang­ing world and the so­cio-eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Ethiopia”.

A govern­ment spokesman was not avail­able to com­ment on the rea­sons for the coun­try’s plan for a navy.

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