Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

Somaliland’s Defense Minister has resigned in protest over a deal allowing Ethiopia to use a port in the breakaway Somali region.

Abdiqani Mohamoud Ateye criticized President Muse Bihi Abdi for not consulting the ministers on the Ethiopia port deal, learning about it through the media.

Ateye, from Somaliland’s Awdal region, where Ethiopia aims to establish a military base in Lughaya, cited a lack of consultation.

The agreement is said to grant Ethiopia access to the Red Sea, with reports suggesting it recognizes Somaliland’s independence.

Somalia deems it an “aggression,” recalling its ambassador to Addis Ababa. Diplomatic tensions led to Ethiopia’s ambassador also returning to Addis Ababa.

Source: Capital Ethiopia

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