Somalia Rejects Call for Tanzania to Mediate Ethiopian Troop Withdrawal

Somalia Denies Requesting Tanzania to Mediate Ethiopian Troop Withdrawal

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Somali government has flatly rejected rumors that it sought mediation from Tanzania over Ethiopian forces’ presence post-ATMIS, branding the circulating letter on social media as ‘fabrications’.

A document allegedly from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested Mogadishu had contacted Tanzania to help resolve a conflict involving recent comments on the necessity to expel ENDF personnel under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).

National Security Advisor Hussein Sheikh Ali previously declared that Ethiopian troops were not welcome in Somalia and should depart when ATMIS’s mandate concludes. The supposed letter aimed to clarify this stance.

However, through Facebook, Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs disassociated from the letter, labeling it ‘false and deceptive’. They also urged the media to act responsibly and maintain credibility while reporting news.

“Spreading fabrications and misinformation on social media is intolerable. We rebuff these false stories and urge the media to prioritize integrity and reliability to strengthen public confidence,” stated the post, as discussions around the issue heated up.

Somalia accuses Ethiopia of infringing its sovereignty by signing an accord with North Western of Somalia, a self-declared independent region, pledging recognition in return for strategic concessions at the Red Sea.

While battling Al-Shabaab insurgents, Somalia asserts that Ethiopia’s maneuvers jeopardize this battle. In a major diplomatic win, Somalia was recently elected to serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“Somalia has clinched a seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2025-2026. This milestone echoes the nation’s distinct diplomatic ventures and steadfast dedication to worldwide peace,” remarked the ministry.


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