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Somaliland: Ethiopian Airlines favored Somaliland over Somalia

Hargeisa (SD) – Somaliland’s Interior Minister Mohamed Kahin Ahmed spoke to reporters in Hargeisa and gave detail as to why the Ethiopian Airline flights continues to land in Hargeisa while other flights were canceled.

The minister said they made that decision because the Ethiopian Airlines favored Somaliland and disregarded the Somali federal government’s ban on international flights to the country.

Minister Mohamed Kahin said the federal government disagreed with the Ethiopian airline flights to Hargeisa during their ban, but said it was later agreed that Ethiopian Airlines should continue to fly to Somaliland.

“If the situation ever becomes more difficult the only flights we have is Ethiopian Airlines, their government is in agreement with us and we expect the others to work with us, now the number of people arriving is dwindling and today it only flew four people to Hargeisa, we told them not to bring passengers from hotspots.” Said the minister.

Minister Kahin also spoke about khat coming from Ethiopia into the Somaliland region, saying that the situation in Ethiopia is getting worse and the cases being reported are closer to 50, and it is important we take a collective action.

The Somaliland public and the opposition parties are very concerned about the continuation of the Ethiopian airline flights during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  1. This article is not authentic translation of the statement of the interior minister as submitted to the local Somali news media. The writer left out communication and coordination between Somaliland and Federal Somali Government where permission of the later was sought to allow Ethiopian Airlines to fly passengers to Hargeisa; the rational given to this action was that there were many Somali citizens sranded in Ethiopia. Fake news!

    By the way the word “Kahin” in Somali means sorcerer who can predict the the future and one who has secret knowledge of the world of genie. One wonders how Mr. Kahin knows that the four passengers who arrived on latest Ethiopian Airlines were healthy and free of Corona virus. More importantly, what guarantees does the minister has that Ethiopian Airlines will not bring in more passsengers from “hot spots” and dump them in Egal International airport every day.

    We all wantt better Somaliland, but adapting misguided public policy that is only based on defying the FSG as well as gambling on the lives of our citizens is not the answer.

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