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Mustafa Muhumed Hails Somaliland Deal:  Strengthens Relations

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Mustafa Mohammed, President of Somali region of Ethiopia (Photo : public Domain)

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The MoU signed between Ethiopia and Somaliland has caused unprecedented tension in the region in recent times. Somalia perceives the deal as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among other states, have, for now, supported Somalia politically and diplomatically. But the support is indicative of possible military support if it gets to that point. 

Despite the fact that the deal, which has yet to be signed, is slowly gaining support in Ethiopia. A day after the Ethiopian Political Parties Joint Council announced support for the deal, Mustafa Muhumed Omar, the President of the Somali Region in Ethiopia,  on Thursday made the point that the all-inclusive cooperation MoU is beneficial when seen from the perspective of creating lasting development and fostering good neighborly relations.

The Somali Regional State Communication Bureau cited him as saying that the agreement, apart from enabling Ethiopia to gain access to the sea, “strengthens existing good neighborly relations.”

Mr. Mustafa spoke about it during a press statement from his office in Jijiga, the seat of the Somali regional state of Ethiopia.

He sees particular importance for the region he is governing in terms of obtaining better benefits for its livestock by providing the pastoralist community in the region access to better market opportunities.

He also commended what he called Ethiopia’s approach based on “give and take” to secure a military base and commercial maritime access.

Somalia’s Response and the Support It Receives

Somaliland has existed as a state for over thirty years without international recognition. The Somali government does not exert control over it. However, the agreement with Ethiopia has stirred anger both within and outside Somalia. This Thursday, thousands of Mogadishu residents took to the streets to protest Ethiopia’s  MoU with Somaliland on January 1,2024.

Although the Somaliland government has issued statements affirming that the MoU with Ethiopia is in its interest, protests have erupted in parts of Somaliland as well. In fact, Somaliland’s Minister for Defense resigned in opposition to the agreement. On the same day, Somaliland’s Defense Chief of Staff, Major General Nuh Ismail Than, met with Ethiopian Defense Chief of Staff, Field Marshal Berhanu Jula, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Their discussions centered on military cooperation.

Several state actors, including China, have expressed support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia. The United States has urged Ethiopia and Somalia to resolve their differences through negotiation. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki in Asmara, Eritrea. Egypt has extended invitations to both Hassan Sheikh and Eritrean President Isais Afeworki to visit Cairo.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. All of you bigots and confused PhD. philosophers!
    Silence! I’m singing from the top of my lung the old time Somali spiritual!
    Harimade Ana Haban; Galada Same Nagaadhsi!!!
    Harimade Ana Haban; Galada Same Nagaadhsi!!!
    Harimade Ana Haban; Galada Same Nagaadhsi!!!

  2. Another group of Somalis in the Diaspora has expressed its support of the MOU in principle.
    Okay, all of you bigots and confused PhD. philosophers!
    Silence! I’m singing from the top of my lung the old time Somali spiritual!
    Harimade Ana Haban; Galada Same Nagaadhsi!!!
    Harimade Ana Haban; Galada Same Nagaadhsi!!!
    Harimade Ana Haban; Galada Same Nagaadhsi!!!

    Meanwhile, the sugar drunk and superpower wannabe in Al-Qahirah has summoned the leaders of Eritrea and Somalia to come to his office because he has something to tell them what they should do as if they are his ‘Khadamis'(house n….rs). You think Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee is dead and gone with his plantations. How wrong you have been. He is incarnated in the person of Abd el-Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi hailing from Al-Qahirah. I’m sorry, Field Marshall Abd el-Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi. I don’t think he will find Gitlow in Brother Isaias or Brother Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Can you believe that? He ordered these two patriots with ‘Hey you two! Come here, pronto! I have something for you to do. Kibbles ‘n bits, Kibbles ‘n bits! Come on Rusty! Kibbles ‘n bits, Kibbles ‘n bits!

  3. During all this commotion after the MOU was announced, my long held conviction in regards to sovereignty of countries has never changed including the right of a group of people to have and live in democratic governance, peace and stability. Where my conviction becomes shaky is when such country/group of people are told or forced to abandon their hard fought democratic way of life and be taken over by despots or those in disarray. One perfect example is Taiwan. I knew Taiwan when it was under the clutches of a dictator and also had seen it doing away despotism beginning the early 1980’s. It has more than 4 decades of democratic governance now and it should never be forced to live under the clutches of those goons in Beijing. Somaliland situation has similarities with Taiwan but with a caveat. If the rest of Somalia becomes democratic, peaceful and stable then the need to going it alone for Somaliland would be a moot point, immaterial. I don’t think the people of Somaliland would entertain independence if everyone around them is living in the same democratic system. For now, Brother Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has a lot to do on his plate. I wish him nothing but success in his blessed endeavor to bring peace, stability and democratic governance to his beleaguered citizens. Insha’Allah!!!
    Peace y’all!!!!

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