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Vol 65 No 14

Published 5th July 2024


Abiy Ahmed’s sovereignty deal with Muse Abdi risks more regional turmoil

Ethiopia’s accord with Somaliland on access to the sea angers Mogadishu as the UAE pushes its side in the fight

Regional concerns are mounting over the mooted quid pro quo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Muse Bihi Abdi in which Ethiopia gets a port in the Gulf of Aden in return for recognising the independence of Somaliland, which broke away from Somalia in 1991. Ethiopia’s Abiy and Somaliland’s Muse announced the plan as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 1 January, without consulting their own governments let alone other countries in the region.

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