PM Abiy Holds Talks with Somali President

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia held discussions on bilateral relations of the two countries on Sunday. 

PM’s office said the discussion, held in Addis Abeba, was focused on “on bilateral issues, including further strengthening cooperation in regional peace and security”.

The office also said the two leaders, including the First Lady of Somalia, planted seedlings within the compound of the national palace.

The latest visit came a week after a map that saw Somalia incorporated within Ethiopia’s border forced the ministry foreign ministry to apologize.

The map of Africa in the ministry’s website was immediately deleted. “We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused,” the statement said.

Somalia had been completely erased from the map, but the self-declared territory of Somaliland – which is not internationally recognized – was shown.

But the relations between the two countries have improved since Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power last year as he has sought to defuse tensions in the region.

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