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Somaliland, Ethiopia Settle Qat dispute

HARGEISA (SD) – Somaliland and Ethiopian Governments have agreed to restore the prices of Qat, and have also discussed the port of Berbera agreement.

Somaliland recently announced that Ethiopia lost its share of proceeds from DP World run Berbera port.

A delegation led by the Ethiopian Minister of Transport and Logistics, Ms. Dagmawit Moges and the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Redwan Hussein, who are in Hargeisa, agreed with the Somaliland government on the price of Qat and vegetables.

According to Somaliland’s foreign Minister Issa Keyd, the parties also agreed to maintain trade and transport agreements between Ethiopia and Somaliland. The minister did not elaborate on what to do about the port of Berbera agreements with Ethiopia.

On June 26, Somaliland Qat traders said they would stop importing Ethiopian Qat and would turn to Yemen and Kenya, after Ethiopia increased the price of Qat.

Qat is the source of a widespread financial, social and health problems in Somaliland, but is a cash cow for Ethiopian traders.

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