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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Egypt Amid Ethiopia’s Port Deal 

Somali president arriving a red carpet reception in Egypt (Photo credit : SONNA)

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has on Saturday arrived in Egypt for a two days working visit. Egyptian news sources reported that the Egyptian president initiated the visit. 

He will be meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi ,Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, according to Egyptian news sources. Earlier in this week, the Arab League issued a statement in response to the MoU agreement between Ethiopia and Somalia – supporting Somalian position. Somalia sees it as a “violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.” 

Somali National News Agency (SONNA)  reported Hassan Sheik expressed gratitude to the Arab League for “opposing Ethiopia’s ill intentions and Supporting Somalia’s territorial integrity.” 

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islamic institution based in Cairo, expressed full  “solidarity with Somalia in preserving its territorial unity, condemning external attempts to destabilize it,” as reported by Ahram. 

Ilyas Sheikh Omar, Somali Ambassador to Egypt, sees the visit as “an opportunity” for Egypt and Somalia to “coordinate” response to what Egyptian news sources described as “crisis in Somalia.” Egyptian news source cited him as saying that  Egypt is a ” reliable partner in the face of Ethiopian aggression.”  

The Somali President visited Eritrea and then attended the IGAD meeting in Kampala this week before he traveled to Egypt – with invitation from the Egyptian president. Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki is also invited to visit Cairo. 

From the diplomatic activities Egypt has been making in recent weeks, it seems to be capitalizing on the alleged tension between Ethiopia and Somalia after the signing of MOU between Ethiopia and the breakaway region – Somaliland which Somalia still considers as Northern Somalia despite over thirty years of existence as a de facto state. From multiple reports, Egypt is apparently primarily interested in “coordinating” a response to Ethiopian aggression. 

Egypt and Ethiopia have been having a rather unfriendly diplomatic relation  due to the Mega dam that Ethiopia has been building on the Nile River. Egypt has been claiming a monopoly over the Nile river citing a colonial era agreement to which Ethiopia was not a party. There have been reported efforts that Egypt has been attempting to acquire a military base in Somalia. It is unclear if it is one of the items to be discussed in his meeting with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. 

The AU, the EU, United States and United Nations urged Ethiopia and Somalia to resolve differences through peaceful means as the prospect of conflict between the two nations became a concern. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Al-Ra’is el-Sisi calling out! Hey Rusty! Rusty! Come here! Kibble ‘N Bits! Kibble ‘N Bits! Kibble ‘N Bits!!! Good boy!!!!

  2. The superpower wannabes in Al-Qahirah need a distraction. Brother Isaias will never fall for it. But the inferior complex riddled officials in Mogadishu may bite the bait. That conniver el-Sisi may be thinking to use our upright Somali brothers and sisters as decoys. He will show a deceptive blow below the belt(using Somalia) and land a Sunday Punch at the head of Ethiopia. Be prepared to hear news military hardware arriving in Mogadishu by the boat load starting soon. There is no need for Brother Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to go all the way to Cairo to solve the issues around the MOU. None whatsoever. It is something that can be solved between the two brotherly/sisterly peoples of Somalia and Ethiopia.

  3. There you have it folks! The halawa drunk and superpower wannabe el-Sisi has just declared war on our old country of Ethiopia. You may think what he said is just another warning. No it is not. He is not bluffing. What he said was due to the MOU, a state of war has existed between Egypt and Ethiopia. In the same speech he has warned Ethiopia not to test his patience. I am very disappointed by Brother President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for bowing to this bigot in Al-Qahirah. Several thousand Ethiopian soldiers have died in the deserts and towns of Somalia protecting its sovereignty and people from savage terrorists but not a single Egyptian soldier during the last 33 years. I am really dismayed by Brother Hassan because he is not showing any self respect by responding to a dog whistle call from Sisi. No matter what, the issues with the MOU are between fraternal black folks and CAN BE solved peacefully and amicably. Don’t forget that both genetically and complexion our Somali brothers and sisters are not Arabs and will never be one. The same is true with the issues between the people of Somaliland and Mogadishu. The lesson learned from trying to solve them through going to war was so bitter and destructive that it brought a nation to its undoing. Not one Somali or Ethiopian young man should lose his Allah Blessed life on this one. Let’s pray and hope for peace! Insha’Allah!!!

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