Somali President Heads to Cairo for Crucial Talks with Egyptian Counterpart

Saturday January 20, 2024 - 05:10:08
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Cairo (diplomat.so) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud embarked on a journey to Cairo from Kampala on Friday evening, responding to an official invitation extended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. President Hassan Sheikh's visit comes on the heels of his participation in the Non-Aligned Summit held in Uganda.
The focal point of the upcoming meeting between the two leaders is a comprehensive discussion on the evolving regional dynamics in the Horn of Africa. Of particular concern is the contentious memorandum of understanding inked between Ethiopia and the "Somaliland Administration" on January 1. The deal, permitting Ethiopia to utilize a 20-kilometer coastal stretch along the Awdal region of Somalia for the next 50 years, has triggered apprehension and opposition from both Somalia and the global community.

The Federal Government of Somalia maintains, in alignment with widespread international consensus, that the "Somaliland Administration" in the northwestern region is an inseparable part of Somalia. Consequently, the memorandum of understanding signed by Ethiopia is vehemently regarded as illegal. The impending meeting between Presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is anticipated to delve into the intricacies of this dispute and explore potential avenues for resolution.

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