Fri. May 24th, 2024

The Republic of Somaliland Government signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for Seaport Access in Exchange for International Recognition.

The Berbera port of Somaliland. Photographer: Mustafa Saeed/AFP/Getty Images

His Excellency President Muse Bihi Abdi and His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Addis Ababa today. This historic agreement ensures Ethiopia’s access to the sea for their naval forces, reciprocated by formal recognition of the Republic of Somaliland, marking this as a significant diplomatic milestone for our country.

In his address after the signing, H.E. President Muse Bihi Abdi emphasized the conscientious responsibility of every president to act in the best interests of his people. Acknowledging Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s request for seaport access for their Naval forces, President Muse Bihi Abdi expressed that Somaliland endured a long quest for official recognition from Ethiopia.

“Today, it is with immense pride, I announce the mutually beneficial agreement between Somali/and and Ethiopia. In exchange for 20km sea access for the Ethiopian Naval forces, leased for a period of 50 years, Ethiopia will formally recognize the Republic of Somali/and, setting a precedent as the first nation to extend international recognition to our country.” said H.E. President Muse Bihi Abdi.

It is crucial to note that the leased sea access underscores the cooperative spirit and strategic partnership established through this diplomatic accord.

By Chala Dandessa

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