Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum condemns Ethiopia-Somaliland MoU

Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum has condemned Ethiopia’s port deal with Somaliland following a meeting held in Doha with Central Asian countries and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

“They affirmed the right of the Federal Republic of Somalia to legitimately defend its lands in accordance with what was stipulated in Article (51) of the United Nations Charter, and the relevant articles of the Charter of the League of Arab States, and support the building of the institutions of the State of Somalia,” the forum said in a statement.

“The Ministers affirmed their solidarity and full support for the position of the Somali State with all its agencies, which considered the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed on January 1S, 2024 between the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and the “Somaliland” region null, void and unacceptable, and constitute a flagrant violation of the principles of International Law, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Somalia, good-neighborly relations, peaceful coexistence and stability in the region.”

It comes days after Somaliland officials said they are considering the implementation of the controversial agreement to lease a parcel of land along the Red Sea to Ethiopia, where Addis Ababa will build a naval base.

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