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President Bihi Emphasizes the Vital Importance of North Western of Somalia-Ethiopia Maritime Agreement for Red Sea Safety and Security

Hargeisa (AX) — President Muse Bihi Abdi of North Western of Somalia stressed the importance of a recent deal with Ethiopia to lease a naval base, crucial for addressing heightened insecurity in the Red Sea. The agreement could attract around $3.4 billion in investments and aims to lessen Ethiopia's reliance on Djibouti for maritime operations while strengthening security in the Red Sea area. In a conversation with the Financial Times, Bihi explained how this deal allows North Western of Somalia to assist in safeguarding…

Brave EU Naval Team Saves Cargo Ship from Treacherous Somali Pirates

In Nairobi, the European Union's anti-piracy naval force successfully freed the Liberia-flagged merchant vessel Basilisk from pirates near Somalia, safeguarding its 17 crew members. The Basilisk was traveling from Cape Verde to the United Arab Emirates when it was attacked by pirates in two small boats about 380 nautical miles southeast of Mogadishu on May 23. The crew sought refuge in the ship's citadel, a secure emergency area, while the vessel floated. The captain, who did not reach the citadel, was shot in the arm but…

Unpacking the Illegality of the Ethiopia-Somaliland Naval Base Agreement in a Dynamic International Arena

On the 1st of January in 2024, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, signed an agreement with the Republic of Somaliland. In this deal, Ethiopia would gain access to a piece of coastal land in Awdal province to construct a naval base for a period of fifty years. In return, Ethiopia would acknowledge the sovereignty of Somaliland. However, the Federal Government of Somalia, the recognized governing body, strongly opposed this deal, referring to it as invalid. The global community, including entities like the United…

Somaliland vehemently opposes Turkish naval activities during negotiations over Ethiopian maritime agreement

During an interview with BBC Somali, Somaliland's Foreign Minister, Dr. Essa Kayd Mohamud, discussed the autonomous control of Somaliland's waters, making a clear distinction from Somalia's authority. Mohamud informed Turkey that access to Somaliland's shores is restricted, asserting the independent management of its maritime borders. Emphasizing Somaliland's stance, Mohamud expressed positivity regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopia, dispelling concerns about its impact. He anticipates a smooth…

Puntland Forces Intercept Contraband and Capture Alleged Pirates in Bold Naval Operation

In Bosaso, Somali naval forces in Puntland intercepted illicit arms and detained a group of suspected Somali pirates in a security operation along the coast. The action took place in Eyl, a coastal town believed to be a hub for attacks on ships. Authorities are hunting down the pirates responsible for a $5 million ransom from the MV Abdullah, a Bangladeshi vessel seized in March. The Puntland navy did not disclose the number of weapons seized or their intended use due to the region's presence of ISIS and al-Shabab. They also…

Turkish naval vessel arrives at Somalia’s shore

A Turkish naval vessel has arrived at Somalia's shore, marking the beginning of the defense agreement between the two countries. The ship, named Kınalıada F514, docked at Mogadishu Port after President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's pact with Turkey, causing tensions with the UAE, which also had a similar deal with Somalia. Following Ethiopia's MoU with North Western of Somalia, granting them ocean access for a port and military base, Somalia sought Turkey's assistance in safeguarding its shoreline. The collaboration between…

Russia confirms development of a naval base in Sudan

The draft settlement gives for the development of a logistics middle for the Russian fleet close to Port Sudan on the coast. This assist middle shall be used for repairs, refills and the remainder of the workers. With our regional correspondent, Sebastien nemethThe Kremlin has given the inexperienced gentle to construct a naval…

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