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Somalia to use the AU Summit to push back on Ethiopia’s land grab

ADDIS ABABA (SD) -Somalia’s Minister of State of Foreign Affairs who is also the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Mohamed Omar (Ali Bal ‘ad) will be participating in the 44th summit of African Union heads of state in Addis Ababa.

The conference, scheduled for February 14-15, will be attended by the heads of African countries currently gathered in Addis Ababa.

The acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Mohamed Omar (Ali Bal ‘ad), who spoke to the media before leaving for the AU Summit, stated that Ethiopia’s MoU agreement was reached with a region of another country and no one will support its aggression.

The Minister stated that Ethiopia has unexpectedly softened its stance on Somaliland’s maritime agreement, and has instead sent international and regional representatives to seek an agreement on maritime issues, indicating that they will not accept any dialogue unless the Addis Ababa government withdraws from the agreement made with Muse Bihi.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declined participation in the summit due to the serious conflict between Somalia and Ethiopia.

The Somali government wants that the African Union conference to discuss issues related to Ethiopia’s provocation affecting Somalia’s territorial integrity.

The African Union has previously urged both countries to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation. Additionally, the UN Security Council has called on both countries to find a solution to their dispute within the framework of the AU and IGAD.

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