Jubaland and South West Decisively Reject Ethiopian Troop Pullout from Somalia

Mogadishu (AX) — Leaders from Somalia’s South West and Jubaland are vocally resistant to the Ethiopian military’s impending exit slated for the year’s end.

Hussein Sheikh Ali, the National Security Adviser to Somalia’s President, declared last Friday that Ethiopia’s soldiers will vacate Somalia by the close of this year. This departure coincides with the wrap-up of the African Union Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). Nonetheless, forces from other nations part of ATMIS will stay in Somalia, gearing up for a fresh mission set to commence in January 2025.

Jubaland’s number two, Mohamud Sayid Adan, shared with VOA Somali Service that the situation is thorny. “Decisions like these should not be swayed by vested interests,” he articulated.

Echoing this sentiment, South West’s Minister of Security, Hassan Abdulqadir Mohamed, underscored the need for extensive dialogue prior to any withdrawal. He advocated for keeping Ethiopian troops in the region. “A unilateral decision on troop withdrawal isn’t feasible. The South West favors the continuity of Ethiopian forces,” he maintained.

W/ files from the VOA

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