Ethiopia seeks to legitimise port deals with Somalia

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmaajo' (left) and Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed. Ethiopia has agreed on a joint investment in Somali ports in what could be seen as Premier Abiy Ahmed's move to legitimise logistical deals initially questioned by Mogadishu. PHOTOS | JEFF ANGOTE & AFP

What you need to know:

  • The two said they will constitute a designated joint technical team to craft the details and timelines for the project.
  • Somalia demands that all deals made by breakaway regions of Puntland and Somaliland with foreign entities be endorsed by Mogadishu.
  • In March, Ethiopia bought 19 per cent of the stake, meaning Somaliland would retain 30 per cent.

Ethiopia has agreed on a joint investment in Somali ports in what could be seen as Premier Abiy Ahmed's move to legitimise logistical deals initially questioned by Mogadishu.

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