Somalia has rejected a call from the G7 countries regarding sovereignty and territorial integrity

The Federal Government of Somalia has rejected a call from the world’s richest countries called the G7, which was to enter into dialogue on the crisis between Ethiopia.

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the United States called on Somalia and Ethiopia “to open all channels of dialogue to prevent the crisis from escalating.”

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“We are concerned about the MoU between Ethiopia and the Haegeisa region in Northern Somalia announced in January 2024. We encourage Ethiopia and the Federal Government of Somalia to remain open to all avenues of dialogue to prevent the situation from escalating. in cooperation with regional partners, the African Union and through bilateral relations, in accordance with international law and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity contained in the United Nations Charter,” the G7 statement said.

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Responding to the letter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia said that it welcomes their commitment to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa and Somalia. However, it ruled out dialogue with Ethiopia.

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“Somalia is committed to maintaining peace and security in the region, and is eager to strengthen its cooperation with the G7 and other international partners to ensure lasting peace and prosperity in the Horn of Africa. However, dialogue with Ethiopia is impossible until it withdraws its illegal accord with the Northern region of Somalia Hargeisa administration and shows full respect for its unity. , independence and the principle of non-interference in Somalia,” said the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia.

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The agreement between Hargeisa administration and Ethiopia that was signed on January 1, Hargeisa gave Addis-Ababa a maritime area to build a port and a naval base, in exchange for the recognition it said it was getting from Ethiopia.

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The agreement, which was planned to be converted into an official agreement within a month, has not moved until now after almost four months, and there is a reluctance on the part of Ethiopia, which has faced international pressure.