Cairo (diplomat.so) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met today at Al-Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and discussed with him strengthening relations, cooperation, and the tense situation in the Horn of Africa.
Expressing gratitude for the warm reception extended by the Egyptian government and people, President Hassan Sheikh underscored the historical alliance between Somalia and Egypt. Emphasizing the aspirations for increased prosperity, cooperation, mutual respect, and shared benefits, he conveyed Somalia's commitment to reinforcing economic, security, military, and political collaboration with Egypt.
During the joint press conference at the Federal Palace Square in Cairo, President Hassan Sheikh articulated Somalia's steadfast stance on territorial integrity. He asserted that the Red Sea holds paramount importance in global trade and security, presenting opportunities for nations bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The President affirmed Somalia's unwillingness to permit any encroachment on its coastline by other nations, explicitly referencing the recent actions of Ethiopia.
Highlighting Ethiopia's alleged illegal attempt to sign a memorandum of understanding with a region in Somalia on January 1, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned the move as a blatant violation of Somalia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He expressed gratitude for the support received from Egypt, international and regional partners in urging Ethiopia to adhere to international law and respect the integrity and sovereignty of Somali lands.