Egypt Warns Against Threats to Somalia Amid Ethiopia’s Deal

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stated on Sunday that Egypt will not tolerate any danger to Somalia.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stated on Sunday that Egypt will not tolerate any danger to Somalia.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi emphasized on Sunday that Egypt would not tolerate any threat to Somalia, particularly in the context of Ethiopia considering the recognition of Somaliland’s independence in a port access deal. 

Al-Sisi’s remarks signal Egypt’s potential involvement in a dispute that has heightened tensions in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia-Somaliland Port Lease Deal:

Ethiopia and Somaliland reached a memorandum of understanding on January 1. Ethiopia expressed willingness to recognize Somaliland’s independence in exchange for access to the port of Berbera on the Gulf of Aden. 

The proposed lease has not been finalized and includes 20 km of coastland for military and commercial use for 50 years. This deal could significantly benefit landlocked Ethiopia but has raised concerns in Somalia.

Somaliland’s Unrecognized Independence:

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained recognition from any country. The port access agreement has added complexity to regional dynamics.

In a joint news conference with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President al-Sisi delivered a strong message to Ethiopia. He said Egypt would not allow anyone to threaten Somalia or compromise its security. 

Al-Sisi cautioned against attempting to seize and control land, emphasizing the importance of cooperation on development rather than pursuing contentious strategies.

Background on Egypt-Ethiopia Relations:

There has been no immediate response from Ethiopia to President al-Sisi’s statements. The port deal and potential recognition of Somaliland’s independence have become sources of diplomatic tension, complicating relations in the Horn of Africa.

Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia have existed for years, notably due to Ethiopia’s construction of a major dam on the Blue Nile, a source of the Nile River both countries share. Egypt has previously described Ethiopia as a source of instability in the region.

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