Ethiopia and Somaliland Have Signed a Memorandum that Allows Ethiopia to Access the Red Sea

Ethiopia Somaliland Memorandum

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi Abdi signed a memorandum of understanding today that will pave the way for Ethiopia to have access to the Red Sea.

Muse Bihe Abdi who has been in a state visit to Ethiopia since Sunday is seeking partnership and cooperation between his country and Ethiopia.

A memo from the Office of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is primarily intended to allow Ethiopia to have access to the Red Sea.

“The Memorandum of Understanding shall pave the way to realize the aspiration of Ethiopia to secure access to the sea and diversify access to seaports,” The memo read.

The MOU between Ethiopia and Somalia also strengthens security, economic, and political partnerships. Remember that Somaliland faces several security challenges with its neighbors, especially Somalia. The partnership between the two countries will now improve security guarantees for Somaliland.

Addis Ababa also maintains that “the memorandum of understanding reaffirms the principled position of the Ethiopian Government to advance mutual interests through cooperation on the basis of reciprocity. The Memorandum of Understanding ushers in a new chapter of cooperation and has a huge significance for regional integration in the Horn of Africa. It also enables Ethiopia to advance its role in maintaining regional peace and security.”

This is not the first treaty or partnership that Ethiopia has signed with its neighbors. The country has already established ties with Kenya through joint infrastructural developments such as the Safaricom network connectivity and the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project.

Kenya is spearheading the LAPSSET project to strengthen the country’s position as a gateway and a transport and logistics hub to the East African sub-region and the Great Lakes region to facilitate trade, promote regional economic integration and interconnectivity between African countries.

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