Egypt's FM delivers Sisi's message to Eritrea's Afwerki amid Horn of Africa developments

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jan 2024

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry headed on Thursday morning to Eritrea to deliver a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to his counterpart Isaias Afwerki and to tackle regional challenges, including developments in the Horn of Africa and Gaza.

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry


El-Sisi’s message to Afwerki focuses on “ways to enhance bilateral relations, along with consultations on regional developments of mutual interest,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

Shoukry will discuss regional and international challenges, particularly the conflict in the Gaza Strip and the situation in the Horn of Africa, with Eritrean foreign minister Osman Saleh.

Shoukry’s visit comes nearly 10 days after the breakaway region of Somaliland struck a controversial deal on Monday with Ethiopia giving Addis Ababa access to the Red Sea.

The surprise pact has triggered fury in Mogadishu, which considers it a violation of its sovereignty.

Somaliland, a former British protectorate, declared independence from Somalia in 1991, but the move has not been recognized internationally and is staunchly opposed by the central government in Mogadishu.

Somalia vehemently rejected the agreement branding the move an act of "aggression" and a violation of its sovereignty and appealed for international support.

Egypt backed Somalia’s rights, expressing its full rejection of any measures that would undermine Somalia's sovereignty, and stressing the right of Somalia and its people, alone, to benefit from its resources.

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