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Ethiopia-Kenya Relations

Ethiopia's policy towards Kenya

Historical background of the relations

Since Kenya's independence, our two countries have enjoyed good neighbourly relations. Ethiopia and Kenya have lived in mutual respect without interfering in the internal affairs of each other, and without threatening each other. In fact, the ideology "Greater Somalia" was a threat directed at both countries, leading them to render each other support and to sign a mutual defence agreement. That having been said,cattle rustling has been a feature in the border area between the two countries and this problem has grown in the past decade. Moreover, as economic and political problems emerged in Kenya, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and like-minded elements were able to take refuge in the northern part of that country. While it is important that these problemsbe addressed, they do not define or alter, the fundamental nature of the relationship.