By John Ikani
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has expressed solidarity with Somalia amid tensions arising from Ethiopia’s recent agreement with Somaliland on sea access.
On Monday, Ethiopia inked a deal to utilize one of Somaliland’s seaports, sparking disapproval from Somalia, which views Somaliland as part of its sovereign territory.
Somalia has condemned the deal, characterizing it as an “aggression” and a breach of its national sovereignty.
Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991, yet lacks international recognition as an independent state.
In a recent phone conversation with Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President Sisi assured Somalia of Egypt’s unwavering support for its security and stability.
The leaders also engaged in discussions on “regional developments” and bilateral relations, according to Ahmed Famy, Mr. Sisi’s spokesperson.
President Mohamud further discussed bilateral and regional matters with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad, in a separate phone call, as reported by the Somalia presidency.
The European Union bloc has entered the fray, criticizing the deal and urging respect for Somalia’s “unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”
In a statement, the EU emphasized the significance of maintaining peace and stability throughout the entire Horn of Africa region.