Ethiopia became source of unrest in its regional surroundings: Egypt’s FM on Somaliland, Addis Ababa MoU

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Jan 2024

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Ethiopia has become a source of unrest in its regional surroundings and reasserted Cario's unwavering support for Somalia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Shoukry's remarks came during his participation in an extraordinary ministerial meeting of the Arab League (AL), held in Cairo on Wednesday, dedicated to supporting Somalia, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said in a statement. 

On 1 January, the breakaway region of Somaliland struck a controversial deal with Ethiopia, giving Addis Ababa access to the Red Sea. The deal infuriated Mogadishu, which considers it a violation of its sovereignty.

In response, Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre vowed that Somalia would defend its territory by "all legal means possible".

In a phone call with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud on 2 January, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi asserted Egypt’s firm position to stand by Somalia and support its security and stability.

During the AL meeting, Shoukry emphasized that Egypt will spare no effort in supporting its sisterly state, Somalia, in this crucial situation, stressing the historical relations between the two countries and the deep bonds between them on the popular and official level.

He also expressed Egypt's full support for Somalia, calling on all Arab and international parties to fulfil their responsibility in expressing respect for Somalia's sovereignty and territorial integrity in line with the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter.

Moreover, Shoukry rejected any actions that could violate Somalia's sovereignty or the inherent and exclusive right of the Somali people to benefit from their resources.

He also noted that coordination is underway to provide the necessary training and support for Somalians, enabling them to assert sovereignty over their entire territory.

Furthermore, Shoukry pointed out that some parties that harbour ill will towards Somalia are actively seeking to hinder the progress achieved by the Somali political leadership by embroiling Somalia in a vicious cycle of security and economic challenges.

He highlighted Egypt's previous warnings against the dangers of Ethiopia's unilateral policies that violate international law and principles of good neighbourliness and aim to impose a fait accompli without regard for the interests of African governments and peoples.

In addition, Shoukry indicated that signing an agreement on access to the Red Sea between Ethiopia and the Somaliland region validates the Egyptian perspective on the adverse impact of such actions and policies on regional stability. 

He also emphasized that holding such an Arab League ministerial meeting sends a strong message that Arab countries stand with Somalia, an Arab country, in the face of anything that could undermine its sovereignty.

Shoukry further stressed that such solidarity should be the basis for any subsequent steps to raise the issue at various forums and in discussions with the relevant parties. 

Earlier the same day, former Assistant Foreign Minister Mona Omar, in exclusive statements to MENA, stressed the importance of adopting a strong, unified Arab stance on Ethiopia's violations.

Omar also underlined the importance of taking all necessary measures to maintain Somalia's sovereignty and backing Mogadishu before the UN Security Council.

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