Somaliland

Ethiopia Begins Training Somaliland Soldiers

Ethiopia Begins Training Somaliland Soldiers

Thousands of Somaliland soldiers have entered Ethiopia for training, as reported by Somaliland's state television. Residents of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, have observed several Tata cars carrying Somali youths passing through the area. According to the BBC, these soldiers began arriving in Ethiopia on July 11, 2024, to undergo military training. The state-run Somaliland television station broadcast footage of thousands of army personnel en route to Ethiopia for this training. The report highlighted that Major General Nuh Ismail, Chief of General Staff of Somaliland, accompanied the trainees. The Ethiopian government has not yet issued any statements regarding the military training. Details…
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President of Somalia Accuses Ethiopia of Avoiding Negotiations

President of Somalia Accuses Ethiopia of Avoiding Negotiations

In a recent address to the House of Representatives, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused Somalia of seeking mediation from other countries instead of directly engaging with Ethiopia. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia responded, stating that Ethiopia is not ready to resolve the diplomatic tensions between the two nations through dialogue. During his opening speech at the National Council on Saturday, July 6, 2024, President Mohamud emphasized his government's desire to ease the diplomatic strain with Ethiopia. However, he expressed frustration, stating that Ethiopia has shown no willingness to engage in dialogue. This statement came after Prime Minister Abiy…
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Ethiopia: Turkey-led Talks with Somalia Go beyond Port Deal

Ethiopia: Turkey-led Talks with Somalia Go beyond Port Deal

Ambassador Nebiyu Tedla, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, provided an update on current diplomatic issues. Among the topics addressed, the negotiations between Ethiopia and Somalia in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, emerged as the most significant. The second round of Ethiopian-Somali negotiations, facilitated by Turkey, commenced in Ankara and is set to continue on September 2, 2024. When asked about the potential for external interference in these negotiations, Ambassador Nebiyu emphasized Ethiopia’s historical commitment to safeguarding its national interests. “Ethiopia has always negotiated to protect its national interests and has never surrendered to foreign interventions,” he stated.…
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Ethiopia and Somalia Begin Negotiations in Ankara

Ethiopia and Somalia Begin Negotiations in Ankara

Ethiopia and Somalia have initiated negotiations in Ankara. Turkey has begun mediating between Ethiopia and Somalia, whose relations have recently deteriorated. According to Reuters, citing sources close to the matter, the negotiations are taking place in the Turkish capital, Ankara. However, neither the Turkish government nor the representatives from Ethiopia and Somalia have yet confirmed these reports. Somalia media outlets have reported that a delegation led by the country's Foreign Minister, Ahmed Mualim Feqi, departed for Turkey yesterday. Nonetheless, Somalia's Foreign Ministry has not confirmed this information. Similarly, an official from Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declined to comment…
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Ethiopia to Withdraw Its Troops from Somalia

Ethiopia to Withdraw Its Troops from Somalia

Ethiopian peacekeeping forces stationed in Somalia are expected to leave the country by December 2024. Ethiopia is one of the countries that have contributed peacekeeping troops to Somalia under the umbrella of the African Union to combat the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Other contributing countries include Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi. Somalia has announced that it expects all Ethiopian soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in its country to be completely withdrawn by December 2024. Hussein Sheikh Ali, National Security Adviser to the President of Somalia, told VOA that after the end of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) mission…
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Ethiopia Elevates its Somaliland Consulate to Embassy

Ethiopia Elevates its Somaliland Consulate to Embassy

Somaliland has announced that Ethiopia has upgraded its consulate in Hargeisa to an embassy. The Minister of self-declared independent Somaliland revealed this significant diplomatic development. Four months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa. This agreement allows Ethiopia to gain ownership of a port, while Somaliland moves towards gaining recognition as an independent country. This has caused considerable anger and opposition in Somalia, which considers Somaliland a part of its sovereign territory. A month ago, Somalia demanded that the Ethiopian ambassador leave Mogadishu within 72…
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Turkish Navy Warship Docks in Somalia

Turkish Navy Warship Docks in Somalia

A Turkish Navy warship has recently arrived in Somalia, marking a significant development in the military cooperation between the two nations. This move follows a bilateral agreement signed between Somalia and Turkey just two months ago, spanning a comprehensive 10-year military partnership. The bilateral agreement grants Turkey strategic control over certain segments of Somalia's coastline, while also facilitating the provision of training and support to the Somali Navy by its Turkish counterpart. Under the terms of this accord, the Turkish Navy dispatched the warship F514 to the waters off Mogadishu. Beyond military collaboration, Somalia and Turkey have also inked a…
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Ethiopia Remains unchanged on Port Deal with Somaliland

Ethiopia Remains unchanged on Port Deal with Somaliland

Ethiopia maintains its stance on the port agreement with Somaliland, reaffirming its position through a statement from Nabiyu Tedla, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who addressed current diplomatic matters. Mr. Tedla touched upon various issues, including the ongoing Ethiopian-Eritrean border dispute, emphasizing the commitment to resolve it through a joint committee involving border communities. Recent statements from Eritrea's Ministry of Information asserted the sealing of the border as an irreversible measure, prompting questions regarding Eritrean control over certain Ethiopian territories. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, responding to concerns raised during discussions with the Tigray community, assured that the matter…
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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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