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Ethiopia warns Egypt against establishing military base in Somaliland

Ethiopia has warned Egypt against plans to establish a military base in the breakaway state of Somaliland, saying such actions could destabilize the Eastern African region.

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The reaction comes days after an Egyptian delegation met Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi in Hargeisa where the two sides discussed Cairo’s proposal to set up a military facility in the self-declared state.

(African Stand) — Ethiopia has warned Egypt against plans to build a military base in the breakaway state of Somaliland, saying such actions could destabilize the eastern African region, which enjoys relative peace and security for the collapse of al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The official warning from Addis Ababa comes days after African Stand reported exclusively about events in the Horn of Africa, revealing Ethiopia’s discontent with Egypt’s plans to establish a military base in Somaliland, a strategic area about to gain international recognition, three decades after the declaration of independence Self-talk about Somalia.

The official reaction to Ethiopia comes two weeks after the visit of an Egyptian delegation to Somaliland, where he held bilateral talks with President Muse Bihi Abdi in Hargeisa, where it was said that the establishment of a military base appeared prominently. Another delegation from Somaliland preceded it to Cairo earlier this year.

But while Ambassador Dina Mufti, a spokesperson for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, admitted to the Daily Nation that while she recognized that sovereign states enjoy the freedom of association with other countries and regions for purposes of integration, these relations should not be established at the expense of Other countries.

“As a sovereign country, Egypt has a legitimate right to establish relations with any province in the region,” he said. “If Egypt’s intention to be in the region poses a threat to a third country, it will not be appropriate.”

He added that if Addis Ababa proves that such moves are taking place at the expense of other countries, the state will declare that Egypt’s actions are illegal and against international peace and security as envisaged in many of the treaties signed or approved by the United Nations.

“In this case, we need concrete examples of what is happening … and we hope that it will not be at the expense of Ethiopia or any other neighboring country because if that was the case, it would be illegal, against humanity and international peace and security.” He is without.

Most of the time since most East African countries and the Horn of Africa gained independence, Ethiopia has enjoyed a cordial relationship with its neighbors. This includes Somaliland, which Addis Ababa played a key role in pushing for secession from Somalia.

It is not yet known whether Somaliland has accepted Egypt’s proposal, but the two are reported to have reached an agreement “on the exchange of high-level representative offices in Hargeisa and Cairo”. Somaliland has liaison offices in more than 27 countries although it has not yet been recognized.

While Somaliland has yet to issue a statement on the substantive topic, Bashi Omar, the representative of Hargeisa in Kenya, rejected allegations that Somaliland and Ethiopia could have a significant impact on their relationship, over recent concerns about future plans for Egypt.

“Somaliland and Ethiopia have a warm and historic relationship focused on trade and security cooperation issues. We are continuing to strengthen our cooperation in trade, infrastructure development, and education,” said Omar, who previously served as Somaliland envoy to the United States. The Arab Emirates.

Shortly after the Egyptian delegation visited Somaliland, Addis Ababa also dispatched a team led by Finance Minister Ahmed Shaid to Hargeisa for bilateral talks between the two countries. But Ambassador Mufti rejects speculation that the visit to Ethiopia was due to concerns about Egypt’s plan.

“Somaliland and Ethiopia have a warm and historic relationship focused on trade and security cooperation issues. We are continuing to strengthen our cooperation in trade, infrastructure development, and education,” said Omar, who previously served as Somaliland envoy to the United States. The Arab Emirates.

Shortly after the Egyptian delegation visited Somaliland, Addis Ababa also dispatched a team led by Finance Minister Ahmed Shaid to Hargeisa for bilateral talks between the two countries. But Ambassador Mufti rejects speculation that the visit to Ethiopia was due to concerns about Egypt’s plan.

“These are routine tables aimed at discussing bilateral relations between the two countries and have nothing to do with the visit of the Egyptian delegation to Somaliland,” the envoy added, adding that Addis Ababa and Hargeisa are traditional cooperation for mutual benefit.

Incidentally, Ethiopia brokered talks between Somaliland and Somalia, currently taking place in Djibouti. Before the reconciliation meeting in June in Djibouti, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed is a meeting between my slave and President Muhammad Abdullah Farmago in Addis Ababa.

Egypt and Ethiopia were at odds overfilling the Grand Renaissance Dam along the Blue Nile, with US and African Union efforts to mediate the crisis often failing.

Two weeks ago, Ethiopia pledged to continue the first phase of the plans after a hypothetical meeting chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Some observers say that Egypt’s interest in getting a foothold in East Africa has raised its climax after Ethiopia said it would stick to its plan to fill the huge dam. Earlier last month, South Sudan denied reports that it had agreed to Egypt’s request to build a military base in Bagac, a town on the border with Ethiopia.

Hargeisa is carrying out a magical diplomatic offensive and has already forged formal cooperation with Taiwan, the East Asian island claimed by China. Last week, Ambassador Bash Omar alluded to Kenya’s ongoing plans to establish a liaison office in Somaliland.

The separatist state works closely with countries with economic heavyweights as it drives international recognition efforts.

There have been recent reports that the United States could shift its military base from Djibouti to Somaliland due to the presence of China in Djibouti, which would greatly assist the international recognition mission in Hargeisa.

Esther Kamara

Written by Esther Kamara

Esther Kamara is a reporter at African Stand, covering the West African region with stories on politics and how it intersects with business, innovation, startups, and culture. She graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

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