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Ethiopian delegation lands in Somaliland amid Nile crisis

Hargeisa (SD) A delegation from the Ethiopian government has today arrived in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.

The delegation led by Ethiopian Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide was warmly welcomed at Hargeisa’s Egal International Airport by members of the Somaliland cabinet.

Ahmed Shide’s delegation went on to visit Somaliland presidential palace, where he will hold various meetings with senior Somaliland officials, particularly with President Muse Bihi.

Ahmed Shide’s delegation is interested in discussions surrounding the Somaliland government’s new diplomatic relationship with Egypt, as the Ethiopian government is sensitive to the move.

Ahmed Shide’s delegation’s visit comes as Egyptian officials recently visited Hargeisa and requested that the Bihi government provide them with a military base, according to local sources.

Egypt’s new relationship with Somaliland government appears to have struck a chord with Ethiopian concerns about Egypt’s visibility in the Horn, at a time of heightened tensions over the Nile dispute.

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