Ethiopia Denies Ending Red Sea Agreement with Somaliland

The Ethiopian government rejected claims that it withdrew from the Red Sea agreement signed with Somaliland earlier this year.

On Wednesday, the Office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister posted on X (formerly Twitter), saying that reports about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Somaliland are false.

“Official communications about local, regional, and international matters are only shared through the PMO’s official channels. We ask everyone to be cautious about fake content that misuses our official logo,” the post stated.

On Tuesday, a letter with the logo of the Ethiopian Prime Minister spread on social media, falsely claiming that Ethiopia decided to cancel the MOU with Somaliland after discussions with many countries, including the UK and all members of the G7.

Tensions between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu are increasing due to an agreement signed in January between Ethiopia and Somaliland, a self-declared republic in northern Somalia. The agreement involves Ethiopia recognizing Somaliland in exchange for 20 kilometers of access to the Red Sea for Ethiopian naval forces, leased for 50 years.

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