Somalia Urges Ethiopia To Retract Somaliland Port Deal

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Somalia’s foreign ministry has urged Ethiopia to retract its deal with Somaliland.

The ministry, in a statement published Wednesday said that there is ” no space for mediation unless Ethiopia retracts its illegal deal” with Somaliland and reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia.

Recall that Ethiopia signed an agreement with Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland on January 1, sparking Somali outrage.

Somalia still considers the region as part of its territory and described the deal as a violation of its sovereignty.

The ministry’s comments come after the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on Wednesday called for restraint and said that Somalia’s sovereignty should be respected.

The Council expressed its deep concern over the potential impact on the wider region of an escalation of tensions.

Members of the East African regional bloc IGAD are meeting in Uganda on Thursday to discuss the dispute.