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Djibouti responds strongly to Somalia’s “false allegations”

Djibouti (SD) – Djibouti’s Minister of finance has responded to allegations by the Somali government that it is interfering in Somalia’s affairs.

Somalia’s Information Minister Osman Dubbe accused the governments of Djibouti and Kenya had tried to interfere in the African Union’s recent decision on Somalia, and have been campaigning to persuade the African Union Peace and Security Council to include provisions in last night’s statement rejecting the governments term extension.

Djibouti’s Minister of Finance Ilyas Muse Dawaleh, responding to Minister Dubbe’s remarks, said he was disappointed that a Somali government minister had repeatedly made false allegations about Djibouti.

“Very much disappointed and feeling sorry hearing from a senior Minister from Somalia repeating again, allegations & other false accusations that Djibouti’s Government has an agenda on current Somalia political tensions. Let me make it very clear, Djibouti do not deserve such assertions.” the minister tweeted.

Minister Dawaleh ruled out Djibouti interfering in Somalia’s internal political affairs.

“Accusing Djibouti of interference in Somalia affairs & taking sides is meaningless & undermines our core values on Somalia’s peace & stability. We also value greatly what Somalia deed for us. Therefore, we can’t do less. This is why our sons are dying for renaissance of Somalia.” The minister said it in a tweet.

The Somali government has been pursuing a new and aggressive policy towards Djibouti, a traditional ally of Somalia. The two governments had a falling-out over President Farmajo visit and close relationship with Eritrean dictator Isaias Afwerki, whose forces occupy Djibouti territory.

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