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Ethiopia’s Abiy government: Seaport Deal with Somaliland – Propaganda or Legitimate Agreement? 

Abiy Ahmed (left) and

By Yimer Alye Ayalew 

Let’s begin by understanding the backdrop of the ongoing political turmoil. 

Somaliland, a region claiming independence from Somalia, has been a source of tension in the  Horn of Africa. With its strategic location along the Gulf of Aden, the region holds significant geopolitical  importance. It is in this context that Ethiopia’s government, often criticized for its ethnocentric views, has  entered into a port deal with Somaliland. 

While some may question the intentions of the Ethiopian government, it is important to  approach the allegations of propaganda with a critical mindset. 

Accusations of using the seaport deal as a mere smokescreen or a political maneuver are valid  concerns. However, concrete evidence and clear arguments are needed to substantiate such  claims. 

Examining the validity and legality of the seaport deal requires a careful analysis of international  law and regional dynamics.

International law, rooted in the principles of sovereignty and self-determination, plays a crucial  role in determining the legitimacy of such agreements. It is essential to assess whether the  Ethiopian government’s actions align with legal obligations and regional norms. 

Questioning the Legality: Debating the Ethiopian Government’s Deal with Somaliland 

Within the complex field of international law, the legality of the Ethiopian government’s deal  with Somaliland remains a point of contention. 

Critics argue that the government may be overstepping its boundaries and interfering in the  affairs of a region striving for independence. 

However, it is vital to consider counter arguments that defend the Ethiopian government’s  actions. 

Supporters of the deal may argue that it is within Ethiopia’s rights to seek strategic partnerships  and seaport arrangements to bolster its economy and national security. 

They may argue that the deal could also potentially benefit Somaliland, providing economic  opportunities and strengthening regional cooperation. 

Additionally, regional interests must not be overlooked. The Ethiopian government may see the  deal as a means of asserting influence in a region of strategic importance. 

Evaluating the geopolitical dynamics and competing regional interests is crucial to  understanding the motivations behind the deal. 

Genocide Allegations: Unveiling the Abiy Government’s Intense War against Amhara. 

Another pressing concern surrounding the Ethiopian government is the allegation of an intense  genocide war against the Amhara people. 

To comprehend the gravity of these claims, it is essential to first understand the Amhara  community’s historical significance in Ethiopian society. 

The Amhara people have played a pivotal role in Ethiopia’s history and have held influential  positions in politics, culture, and religion. Accusations of genocide against them should not be  taken lightly. 

The Ethiopian government’s drone attacks and alleged genocide against the Amhara people  have been a source of concern and outrage. 

Numerous reports and sources suggest that these attacks have intensified, resulting in  widespread human rights violations and loss of innocent lives. 

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other reliable sources have documented  testimonies and evidence supporting these claims.

The Amhara people, a major ethnic group within Ethiopia, have been continuously targeted,  leading to a devastating humanitarian crisis. 

Let’s be real here, no one in their right mind would trust a government that has committed  genocide when it comes to making international deals. 

I mean, seriously? How can we even consider putting our faith in a leadership that has blood on  its hands? It’s like asking a fox to guard the henhouse. 

It’s just not gonna happen! We need a government that values human rights and peace, not  one that has a history of brutal violence. 

Trust and genocide simply don’t go hand in hand, and it’s about time we start holding these  perpetrators accountable for their actions. 

Forgotten Agreements: The 2018 Pact with Eritrea and Somalia. 

Lastly, critics argue that the Ethiopian government has a track record of disregarding previous  agreements, citing the forgotten 2018 pact with Eritrea and Somalia. 

This raises concerns about the government’s commitment to honoring international  agreements and abiding by diplomatic norms. 

To truly understand the implications of neglecting past agreements, it is crucial to revisit the  geopolitical context of 2018. 

The tumultuous relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the complex dynamics of the  region shaped the necessity of that particular pact. 

Failing to adhere to this commitment may undermine trust and credibility not just within the  region but globally. 

The case for accountability cannot be ignored. Governments must uphold their international  obligations and maintain transparency in their diplomatic engagements. 


In conclusion, Ethiopia’s alleged seaport deal with Somaliland and the accompanying allegations  of propaganda, genocide, and forgotten agreements have stirred heated debates. While  concerns and skepticism are valid, it is essential to approach these issues with a critical mindset  and demand concrete evidence and clear arguments.The international legality of the seaport  deal must be meticulously examined, as should the alleged acts of genocide against the  Amhara. 

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  1. I suggest Somalia take this as an opportunity and make its vast area of seashore available for port facility investors that includes Ethiopia. The talks that have begun between Somalia and Somaliland should not be interrupted because of this MOU. Somaliland is now what it is, efficiently, peacefully and democratically run entity. It has become the envy of the entire Horn of Africa. My personal preference is somehow it stays with Somalia and its current arrangement of governance in tact. If Somalia turns into a peaceful, stable and democratic nation, the need to stay separated would be a moot point, redundant. But for now, Somaliland is a diplomatic nightmare, something you can’t live with or without it. This is all the result of a serious political error that those decision making leaders in the then British Somaliland committed in 1960.

    Egypt and its fiefdom The Arab League have started beating the drums of war as expected. Somalia should take this with a good pinch of salt. Somalis are not Arabs to start with. It should sit down with its black folk neighbors and sort things out with Ethiopia first and foremost respecting the charters of both AU and UN. When someone keeps complaining his country’s sovereignty is being violated should not be the one violating other’s sovereignty.

    I also wonder how the people and government of Djibouti have reacted to this MOU. I don’t expect the Ethiopian government officials just jumped on this deal without the knowledge of the leaders of Djibouti. How about the nearby powers of Saudi Arabia and UAE? UAE already has a huge stake in the port of Berbera. This is becoming more and more interesting. Please also note that both Saudi Arabia and UAE have invested in projects worth billions of US dollars in Ethiopia. I am not ready to believe that the officials in Addis/Finfine made this decision without having a sit down with officials in Djibouti, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. I am not also ready to conclude that every official in Addis/Finfine is a mad man!

    I may also add my long held admiration to my Djiboutian brothers and sisters for the wise political decision they made in 1977. All glory to them!!!

  2. For Ethiopians in central, western and northern Ethiopia, Djibouti’s port of Tajura and Eritrean ports would have been far better. Ethiopia could have achieved the same deal or better with Eritrea if we had a knowledgeable and stable-minded leader.


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