Somalia and Ethiopia Discuss Unifying Stance on Regional Issues of Common Concern

ADDIS ABABA (Somaliguardian) – Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen and Somalia’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirisak discussed regional issues of common concern, Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Fana TV reported on Friday, a day after Somali government rejected a report by IGAD fact-finding mission on Somalia-Kenya border dispute as “biased”.

The two officials met in Addis Ababa discussing a wide range of issues including the current situation in Ethiopia, dispute between Kenya and Somalia and the role Ethiopian troops in Somalia play in helping the Somali current administration stabilize the country.

During the meeting, Demeke and Mohamed Abdirisak agreed to boost cooperation and bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.

Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirisak pointed out that his government understood the recent offensive in Tigray region as an internal law enforcement operation and reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the two countries’ efforts in coopering on regional peace and stability.

The meeting comes a few weeks after reports emerged of Somali soldiers used as cannon fodder in Ethiopia’s Tigray region after completing military training in Eritrea, though both Somalia and Ethiopia denied the claims.

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