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Ethiopian PM, Somaliland President reportedly meeting in Jijiga, Ethiopia 

Ethiopian PM Jijiga Somaliland
Jijiga in the evening. (Photo : screenshot from FBC video)

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Toronto – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi are reportedly meeting in Jijiga – capital of the Somali region – in South Eastern Ethiopia. 

Wazema Radio on Tuesday reported – citing Somalia news sources – that Muse Bihi Abdi is heading to Jijiga for the meeting. 

Ethiopian State media sources have reported that Abiy Ahmed is in Jijiga where he has been visiting development projects in the region and inaugurated Gode airport. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somaliland has not confirmed  Muse Bihi Abdi’s visit to Ethiopia – this time to Jijiga – for a meeting. The Ethiopian government has not issued an official statement about it either.  There has been a diplomatic pressure on Ethiopia in connection with the MoU agreement with Somaliland.  

Ethiopia and Somaliland signed a memorandum of understanding on January 1, 2024, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. According to the MoU, Ethiopia is to get 20 kilometers of coastal land along the Gulf of Aden – which is intended for maritime and commercial purposes, although Somaliland has not confirmed its commercial use, on a rental basis for fifty years. In return, Ethiopia is to give Somalia a percentage of revenue from Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio Telecom. Also, Ethiopia is to recognize Somaliland as a sovereign state although it has attached some conditions. 

The MoU was expected to be finalized by February 1 and enter the implementation stage. But there does not seem to be any sign of progress since then. On January 17, the Ethiopian government officials were reportedly heading to Somaliland in a chartered Ethiopian Airlines Plane but the plane was turned back as it started to enter Somalia’s Airspace. Somalia did not allow it. 

Somalia, as has been reported in several media outlets since the aftermath of the MoU, is outraged by the MoU as it considers Somaliland as its northern part despite the former’s de facto existence for well over three decades now.  Somalia further embarked on mobilizing diplomatic and political support focusing on Egypt. Egypt exploited the situation to play it against Ethiopia with whom it has unresolved controversy over the the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam construction over the Nile river over 85 percent of which originates from the Ethiopian highlights. Egypt went further and mobilized the Arab League in support of Somalia’s claim over Somaliland as part of its sovereign territory. 

Somaliland has opposed Egypt’s intervention in relation to the Memorandum of Understanding. It also rejects Somalia’s claim that it is part of its territory. In a statement released on February 11, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somaliland said: “The Government of the Republic of Somaliland categorically rejects Somalia’s recent remarks regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Somaliland and Ethiopia. The Memorandum of Understanding, centred on collaboration in areas of shared interest such as security, trade, and infrastructure development, is a sovereign decision made by two independent nations and does not require third-party approval.” 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Humble Commentary, 14 Feb 2023
    In my opinion. the following quotation is crucial in our World where self-interest is more than common peacefulness, civility and safety,

    QUOTE: “The Memorandum of Understanding, centred on collaboration in areas of shared interest such as security, trade, and infrastructure development, is a sovereign decision made by two independent nations and does not require third-party approval.”
    UNQUOTE

    I repeat the following >>> “….decision made by two independent nations and does
    not require third-party injection ” I fully agree.

    May peacefulness continue to reign for ever between Ethiopia and Somalia.

    The End with Brotherly Common Interest for Ever

  2. This MoU will have the same fate as the Peace agreement. It will amount to nothing….and yet little parrots clap their wings. If it was not so tragic it could make good comedy.

  3. I bet you some of those brothers and sisters in Puntland and Galmudug are yelling at Somaliland ‘Pass the Dutchie, bro!’ while the rest are busy shoe shining their Arab-ness. But these ‘Arab-ies’ are still ‘abds’, niggers in el-Sisi’s demographic book.
    Wait a minute folks! I hear some loud noise similar to heavy artillery close to the palace in Addis/Finfine. I also see thru my high powered telescope a large army movement entering the palace. But the uniform they are wearing is not the one the ENDF soldiers use. When I zoomed in my telescope I discovered that these soldiers are from the Egyptian army. I tell you whenever el-Sisi says he is going to do something on Ethiopia, he backs it up. I can also see the entire 129 million Ethiopians down on their knees pleading el-Sisi’s soldiers for mercy. You should never forget the ‘Fact’ that Ethiopians were beaten by Egypt as if they robbed a bank in the Old West twice both at Gundet and Gura in 1875. Now they are in town and this time they will liberate Somaliland and will give me my own republic 1952 style. No wonder why certain neighborhood in Minnesota, Knoxville, Flint, Oslo, Stockholm and Melbourne are vacated now. My main man Abdul Fatah el-Sisi is my and Somaliland’s Simon Bolivar, The Liberator. Okay, you so-called patriots! One word out of you! Just even one word!!! Don’t think about it! I congratulate you cadres and traitors paid up a foreign good-for-nothing!!! I’ve heard a lot about you and how you sustain yourself!!!

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