UAE to Build Oil Pipeline Between Eritrea and Ethiopia



UAE to Build Oil Pipeline Between Eritrea and Ethiopia | August 10, 2018



* Ethiopia, Eritrea ended 20-year state of war last month



* UAE increasingly involved in Horn of Africa



* Landlocked Ethiopia needs oil pipeline (Re-leads, adds details)



NAIROBI, Aug 10 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates plans to build an oil pipeline connecting Eritrea and Ethiopia, the latest sign of the Gulf state’s increasing involvement in the Horn of Africa.



The pipeline will run from Eritrea’s port city of Assab to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian official said.



Landlocked Ethiopia began extracting crude oil on a test basis from reserves in the country’s southeast in June and will need access through Eritrea in order to export it.



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.



The UAE played a behind-the-scenes role in helping Ethiopia and Eritrea end a two-decade state of war last month, Reuters reported this week.