The United Arab Emirates plans to build an oil pipeline connecting Eritrea and Ethiopia, TV Fana reported.
Ethiopian broadcaster Fana first reported the pipeline plan earlier on Friday following a meeting in Addis Ababa between Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s minister of state for international cooperation, Reuters reports.
Abiy’s chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, told Reuters that the talks were largely on investment in “industries, agriculture, real estate, the oil pipeline, and resorts”.
– Most are under study – Fitsum said in a text message
The British agency notes that this is the latest sign of the Gulf state’s increasing involvement in the Horn of Africa.