Arab Economic Forum Condemns Ethiopia-Somaliland Port Agreement as a Menace to Regional Peace and Prosperity

In a meeting held in Doha, the Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum with Central Asian Countries and the Republic of Azerbaijan expressed strong support for Somalia’s efforts to maintain its sovereignty on land, sea, and air.

The countries’ ministers reiterated Somalia’s right to defend its territory as outlined in the UN Charter and the Arab League Charter. They stood in solidarity with the Somali government in rejecting the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed between Ethiopia and Somaliland on January 1, 2024.

The ministers condemned the memorandum and any implications it may have, calling on all nations to denounce and disregard the agreement. They viewed the memorandum as a threat to regional stability and the sovereignty of Somalia.

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, acknowledged international pressure to reconsider the controversial agreement with Somaliland, which involves naval access in exchange for potential recognition of the self-declared republic.

Critics fear this pact could destabilize the region and pose a threat to international security. The ministers from participating countries at the Forum, including high-ranking officials from Azerbaijan and Central Asian nations, united in rejecting the agreement and supporting Somalia’s territorial integrity.

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