Tag: Somalia

Somalia to expel Ethiopian troops unless Somaliland port deal scrapped, official says

Somalia will expel thousands of Ethiopian troops stationed in the country to help with security by the end of the year unless Addis Ababa scraps a disputed port deal with the breakaway region of Somaliland, a senior Somali official said on Monday. Security experts and foreign diplomats said the move…

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Egypt reaffirms support for Somalia over Somaliland-Ethiopia MOU

Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli has reiterated Egypt’s "full support" for Somalia, during a meeting with Somali Ambassador Elias Sheikh Omar Abu Bakr on Sunday at the Cabinet headquarters in the New Administrative Capital. Madbouli stressed that Somalia's stability is essential for achieving security, and stability in the region. He expressed his desire to strengthen cooperation between Egypt and Somalia…

Berbera port as an ongoing agenda and political tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia

After the 2018 internal political reform, Ethiopia has been facing political disorder. From 2020 to 2022, the federal government of Ethiopia was at war with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after announcing the TPLF’s militant attack on the federal military base in the north. In the National Regional State…

Why has the Somalia-Ethiopia row deepened?

Since the announcement of a deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland three months ago, tensions have been breewing between the two east African neighbours and security partners. Somalia on April 4 ordered Ethiopia’s ambassador to leave the country within 72 hours, and the closing of Ethiopia’s consulates in the region of…

China supports Somalia’s integrity following deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland

China has called for the respect of Somalia’s “territorial integrity” after a maritime accord between Ethiopia and the separatist region of Somaliland raised regional tensions. Under a memorandum of understanding signed Jan. 1, Somaliland agreed to lease 20 km of its coast for 50 years to land-locked Ethiopia, which indicated…

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Turkey and Ethiopia have had close ties for many years: Somalia maritime deals may shift the dynamics

Ethiopia and Turkey, which have had cordial ties since the early 20th century, have drawn even closer in recent years as both battle criticism from the west over domestic policies. But new developments are putting the relationship to the test. These include Turkey assuming the role of protecting Somalia’s waters – deemed…

Somalia expels Ethiopian ambassador amid row over Somaliland port deal

Somalia has expelled the Ethiopian ambassador from the country and ordered the closure of two consulates. It accused Ethiopia of infringing on Somalia's "sovereignty and internal affairs". Somalia also recalled its ambassador from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, for "comprehensive consultations" Ethiopia's foreign ministry spokesperson Nebiyu Tedla told Reuters news agency…

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Somaliland rejects Somalia’s new Constitution, affirms independence

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland has dismissed the recently approved Somalia constitution and reiterated its unwavering commitment to self-determination and established governance structures. The Republic of Somaliland said underscores its status as a separate and independent nation, with a distinct political identity from neighboring…

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Somalia receives $31M from IFAD to boost rural resilience and food security

Somalia has inked a financial deal with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), receiving $31.22 million for the Rural Livelihood Resilience Programme (RLRP), which aims to boost food security and resilience in rural areas. This program, the first direct investment by IFAD in Somalia since the clearance of the…

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Turkey signs oil and gas exploration deal with Somalia

Turkey and Somalia signed an energy exploration and drilling deal on Thursday, further strengthening bilateral ties after concluding a defence agreement last month. The deal targets hydrocarbon reserves in its exclusive economic zone, which hasn’t been developed since the collapse of the Somali government in the early 1990s. It also…