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News: Somalia rejects Ethiopia-Somaliland MoU, recalls ambassador to Ethiopia

Somalia PM Hamza Abdi Barre (Photo: Somalia National Television/Screenshot)

Addis Abeba – Somalia has rejected the MoU signed between Ethiopia and Somaliland granting Ethiopia access to the sea in return for international recognition for Somaliland. It has also recalled its Ambassador to Addis Abeba, Abdullahi Warfa.

Following an emergency meeting on Tuesday morning, the Somalia Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, deemed Ethiopia’s involvement in the agreement as a breach of Somalia’s territorial integrity, labeled the actions illegal. Somalia considers Somaliland as one of its regions.

The PM expressed Somalia’s commitment to safeguarding its sovereignty, expressing intolerance for any encroachments on its land, maritime, or airspace, the Somali national television reported. He also recalled the Somali Ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations

Reuters reported that the cabinet’s voiced concern that Ethiopia’s actions not only breach sovereignty but also pose a significant threat to the stability of the region.

Yesterday, Ethiopia signed a historic MoU with Somaliland to “secure access to the sea and diversify its access to seaports.” The agreement was inked by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi Abdi during the latter’s state visit to Ethiopia. 

The official readout highlights that the MoU aims to serve as a framework for a multisectoral partnership, strengthening security, economic, and political ties between Ethiopia and Somaliland. It also outlines the pathway to enhance their political and diplomatic relations.

Ethiopia views the MoU as a reaffirmation of its principled position to advance mutual interests through reciprocal cooperation, marking a significant step for regional integration in the Horn of Africa. Additionally, Ethiopia sees this agreement as instrumental in enhancing its role in maintaining peace and security in the region. AS

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