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Somalia requests an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the repercussions of the Ethiopian maritime agreement

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Ambassador Elias Sheikh Omar Abu Bakr, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States, announced that Somalia had submitted a request to the Arab League to hold an emergency meeting of the Arab League Council at the level of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the repercussions of illegally concluding a memorandum of understanding signed between Ethiopia and Ethiopia. And the Somaliland region, granting exploitation of 20 kilometers northwest of Somalia in the Red Sea.

He stressed the need to take a unified Arab position to respond to the blatant violation committed by Ethiopia against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Somalia’s delegate to the Arab League stressed his country’s position rejecting that step and considered it an aggressive act that threatens good neighbourliness, peaceful coexistence and stability in the region, which was reeling under the weight of various conflicts and tensions.

He also noted that these unilateral measures by Ethiopia constitute a threat to Arab national security and navigation in the Red Sea, and are an attempt aimed at undermining the sovereignty, independence and unity of the Federal Republic of Somalia, calling on Arab countries to stand by Somalia in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with international resolutions and laws.

The Somali delegate to the Arab League stressed the importance of adhering to the rules of good neighborliness in order to enhance peace, security and stability in the Horn of Africa region, stressing that this step taken by Ethiopia represents a blatant violation of Somali sovereignty and further inflames the situation in the region, warning of the danger and repercussions of this step and its repercussions.

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