Tanzania Commits to Strengthening Somalia’s Military and Safeguarding National Security

Tanzania aims to support Somalia, the newest member of the East African Community. President Samia Suluhu Hassan is committed to boosting bilateral trade with Somalia, as part of her ongoing efforts to strengthen ties with East Africa.

A report from The Citizen, a Tanzanian newspaper, reveals that President Samia Hassan pledged to aid Somalia in defense and security. She announced this during a press conference at the State House in Dar es Salaam on April 27, following a meeting with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was visiting Tanzania.

“We are ready to provide training in various fields, including defense, security, and other government services,” President Hassan stated. She also expressed support for Somalia’s efforts to enhance its capabilities in self-defense, praising President Mohamud for his dedication to advancing his nation’s interests and promoting peace.

The visit by the Somali president to Tanzania was his first since taking office. During his visit, he participated in the 60th Union anniversary celebration between Tanganyika and Zanzibar. President Hassan of Tanzania noted the opportunities for increased cooperation between the two countries following their meeting, despite their already strong relationship.

“We recognize the importance of formalizing our relationship and plan to strengthen cooperation through regular meetings and identifying beneficial projects,” President Hassan explained.

Tensions between Somalia and Ethiopia have been escalating over the issue of Somaliland. Earlier in the year, Ethiopia unveiled a plan to secure direct access to the sea by signing a deal with Somaliland, a region that Somalia views as a separatist entity. In response, Somalia denounced the maritime agreement between Somaliland and Ethiopia as illegal.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia introduced legislation to annul the port deal, emphasizing Somalia’s resolve to defend its territorial integrity. While Somalia claims Somaliland as part of its territory, Somaliland considers itself an independent nation.

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