Ethiopia, Somalia Agree to Strengthen Ties on Bilateral, Regional Issues

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Somalia have agreed to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries on bilateral and regional issues.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has begun his two-day official working visit to Ethiopia on Wednesday.

The president was welcomed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and senior government officials upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International airport.

Abiy and Mohamud, later that day, held consultations on ways of strengthening bilateral and regional cooperation.

“The two leaders expressed the will and commitment to further strengthen relations between Ethiopia and Somalia, particularly focused on enabling a stable Horn Region,” the Office of the PM said in a statement.

President Mohamud described his talks with PM Abiy as “productive”.

“We discussed interlocking challenges & common opportunities our nations face & can jointly benefit from. We are committed to Somalia-Ethiopia relations,” he said in a tweet.

In the discussion, Mohamud expressed appreciation to Ethiopia for the sacrifices made to enable a better Somalia, according to the PM Office.

During the discussion, Prime Minister Abiy on his part affirmed Ethiopia’s readiness to work at various levels with the new administration of the Federal Republic of Somalia, with particular emphasis on economic growth.

He further reiterated that Ethiopia desires a stronger and stable Somalia which is useful for Ethiopia.

Abiy attended the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected Mahmoud last June when he underscored the commitment of Ethiopia to consolidate Ethio-Somalia cooperation.