The Ethiopian Defense War College-DWC first batch of graduates includes two Somaliland officers.
The ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed along with senior Ethiopia military officers in which 38 career military officers from various backgrounds become the first to graduate from the Federal War college.
Apart from the large participation by many senior military and security services officers also in attendance were family and friends of the graduands as well as Addis Ababa based Military attaches of various countries.
The two Somaliland military officers at the graduands podium were Colonel Ahmed Hasan Farah and Colonel Mohamed Haji Isse.
The DWC graduates who included military officers and civilian professional return to duty stations skilled leaders with competency in international, regional and national strategic security affairs.
Prime Minister Abiy urged the graduates to continue their quest for knowledge and to share it with others. Military attaches of various countries have also attended the graduation ceremony.
Though the Federal Government of Ethiopia does not official recognized the Independence of Somaliland, Addis Ababa maintains the longest serving diplomatic mission in Hargeisa while over the years local military officers have been beneficiary of Training by Ethiopians in Ethiopia