ADDIS ABABA (Somaliguardian) –The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has made public Somalia’s apology over recent Arab League resolution it signed that condemned the construction of Ethiopia’s flagship project, the GERD.
Addis Ababa expressed dismay and exploded with rage after Somalia and Djibouti signed Egypt drafted Arab League resolution that sought all member states to show solidarity for CAIRO on the Dam dispute with Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew speaking to The Reporter newspaper based in Addis Ababa confirmed that the governments of Djibouti and Somalia regretted over becoming part of signatories of the recent Arab League resolution that condemned Ethiopian unilateral action on building renaissance Dam to provide electricity to thousands of its citizens who otherwise would not have access to such basic services.
“We have received messages from Djibouti and Somalia, in which they assured us support, saying that the Arab League resolution will not provide a resolve to the current problem, but could only aggravate it further.” said the Ethiopian Foreign Minister.
Andargachew added: “They have told us that the problem could not be solved in that way and that they believe other Arab League Member states would take similar approach.”
A few days ago, the Somali PM Hassan Ali Khayre arrived in Addis Ababa to hand-deliver a message from the Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed in which Somalia expressed solidarity for Ethiopia over the Dam dispute with Egypt, apologizing for signing the Arab League resolution.
The message carried weighty resolve to end building up tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia after President Farmajo stated that signing the Arab League resolution was a unilateral action taken by the state minister of Foreign Affairs Adikadir Ahmed Khayr and that he was not engaged in consultations about the matter.
Ethiopia remains an indispensible ally of the Somali Federal Government, having more than 15,000 troops present across several regions in Somalia fighting Al-Shabaab. Moreover, the Ethiopian forces help the Federal Government in removing any regional administration and de facto authority which falls out with the incumbent leadership.
Ethiopian troops had earlier arrested Mokhtar Robo in an operation that left many civilians dead and touched off widespread condemnation. Nearly a year later, the Ethiopians played a major role in ousting Sufi led administration in Galmudug regional state.
This has made the Ethiopians a vitally strategic ally of the current administration of Somalia and yet Ethiopia continues deploying more troops to overthrow administrations against the government of President Farmajo as election nears.
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