Somalia

Somaliland and Puntland Reject Closure of Ethiopian Consulates

Somaliland and Puntland Reject Closure of Ethiopian Consulates

Four months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the President of the self-declared independent Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, inked a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa. This agreement, among other things, granted Ethiopia ownership of a port and recognized Somaliland as a sovereign state. However, this move has sparked significant outrage and opposition in Somalia, which considers Somaliland as part of its own territory. Last Thursday, Somalia declared that the Ethiopian ambassador must vacate Mogadishu within 72 hours, and the consular offices in Hargeisa and Garowe would be shuttered, with their staff required to depart Somalia within two weeks.…
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Somalia and Turkey inks Gas exploration agreement

Somalia and Turkey inks Gas exploration agreement

Somalia and Turkey have recently inked a significant agreement aimed at the development of gas and oil resources in Somalia waters. The agreement, announced by the Turkish Energy Minister, marks a milestone in the burgeoning relationship between the two nations, building upon a military agreement they previously sealed just last month. This latest accord is anticipated to bolster bilateral ties even further. According to reports from Reuters, the agreement encompasses various facets, including the exploration and production of oil within Somalia's territorial waters and land. Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar emphasized that the primary objective of the agreement is to…
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Japan Supports IOM’s Flood Response in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia

Japan Supports IOM’s Flood Response in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia

In line with International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Appeal 2024, IOM welcomes the Government of Japan support towards the flood response in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia that saw more than 1 million people displaced and 5 million affected. According to the Kenya Red Cross, El Niño floods have displaced more than 300,000 people resulting in over 181 deaths. More than 17,000 livestock deaths have been reported in different parts of the country since floods began in November 2023. In addition, over 1,300 businesses and over 25,000 acres of farmland destroyed. Out of Kenya’s 47 counties, 38 were affected, with the highest…
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Ethiopia Declares Military Readiness to Counter Threats

Ethiopia Declares Military Readiness to Counter Threats

Field Marshal Birhanu Jula, the Chief of General Staff of the National Defense Army, has announced the army's preparedness to repel attacks from any direction. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of officers trained by the Ethiopian Military Academy for the 24th round of Hurso Contingent Training, the Commander-in-Chief emphasized that the Ethiopian Defense Forces are more prepared than ever. Addressing the graduating military officers, Field Marshal Birhanu highlighted Ethiopia's quest for a peaceful resolution in securing access to a sea gate, amidst challenges posed by historical adversaries seeking to exacerbate internal strife. While refraining from explicitly naming the forces deemed…
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UN Security Council to Meet on Ethiopia and Somalia Port Deal

UN Security Council to Meet on Ethiopia and Somalia Port Deal

The United Nations Security Council has announced that it will convene to address the escalating tensions surrounding a recent agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Addis Ababa a month ago, sparking a diplomatic dispute. Somalia, which claims Somaliland as part of its territory, has intensified efforts to assert its diplomatic authority following the agreement. Last week, Somalia formally requested the Security Council to hold a meeting to discuss Ethiopia's alleged violation of the United Nations Charter through its agreement with Somaliland. Responding to Somalia's…
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Somalia Denies Ethiopian Airlines Plane Access to Land in Hargeisa

Somalia Denies Ethiopian Airlines Plane Access to Land in Hargeisa

Amidst growing diplomatic tensions, Somalia denies Ethiopian Airlines plane access to land in Somaliland, Hargeisa Three weeks after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland's President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa, tensions have escalated between Ethiopia and Somalia. The agreement permitted Ethiopia to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in the Gulf of Aden in exchange for recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign state. This move has triggered strong opposition from Somalia, which considers Somaliland as part of its own territory. On the recent incident, Flight ET8372, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, was denied permission to land…
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Arab League Calls Emergency Meeting Over Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU

Arab League Calls Emergency Meeting Over Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) three weeks ago in Addis Ababa. This agreement allows Ethiopia to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in the Gulf of Aden in exchange for recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign state. However, the deal has triggered outrage in Somalia, which views Somaliland as part of its own territory. Subsequently, various countries and institutions, including the Arab League and Egypt, have declared their non-support for the agreement, emphasizing their respect for Somalia's sovereignty. In a recent statement, the Arab League announced an emergency meeting where…
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US and African Union Urge Respect for Somalia’s Sovereignty

US and African Union Urge Respect for Somalia’s Sovereignty

The United States and the African Union are jointly calling for the resolution of escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia. The recent agreement between Ethiopia and the self-independent Somaliland, signed just four days ago, has triggered diplomatic discord in East Africa, prompting various nations to address the issue. Somalia contends that Somaliland is an integral part of its territory, framing the agreement as an invasion. In response, Somalia has called upon the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, and other nations to support its stance. The United States has voiced its disagreement with recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign…
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Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU Creates Diplomatic Ramifications in East Africa

Ethiopia and Somaliland MoU Creates Diplomatic Ramifications in East Africa

The recently announced port and naval base agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland has sparked a new wave of diplomatic tension in East Africa. Ethiopia, in its ongoing pursuit of a Red Sea port, revealed that it has secured a lease for a port from the self-governing region of Somaliland. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlines that Ethiopia will gain access to both a port and a military base situated approximately 20 kilometers from the Berbera port in Somaliland. In return, Ethiopia commits to recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign nation. Additionally, Somaliland will obtain a 20 percent stake in Ethiopian Airlines,…
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Ethiopia Secures Port Agreement with Somaliland

Ethiopia Secures Port Agreement with Somaliland

In a significant development, Ethiopia has successfully negotiated a port agreement with the semi-independent region of Somaliland, fulfilling its longstanding quest for access to a Red Sea port. The Office of Prime minister Ethiopia announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Despite the milestone achievement, key details of the agreement, such as its duration, financial considerations, and specific terms, have not been disclosed by either party involved. The lack of transparency on these critical aspects raises questions about the intricacies…
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