Somalia’s Cabinet Approves Comprehensive National Security Resolution

Somalia’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a significant resolution defining national security threats during their weekly meeting in Mogadishu on Thursday, chaired by Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.

The endorsed resolution, which was prepared by the Somalia National Security Office, consists of eight critical articles aimed at addressing various national security concerns. These articles include terrorism, separatism, state fragility, open borders, foreign interference, climate change, cybersecurity threats, and social crisis risks. The government asserts that this resolution is intended to protect the country from threats to its existence, governance, unity, and the cohesion of the Somali people.

The Office of the Prime Minister emphasized that this resolution reflects the new vision of the Somali government, which is focused on national security. However, specific details about the document have not been disclosed.

The approval of this resolution comes at a time when Somalia has been experiencing diplomatic tensions and interference from neighboring countries and other interests in the Horn of Africa. In a related development, the Ethiopian government emphasized that it has not withdrawn from the Red Sea agreement signed with the breakaway region of Somaliland earlier this year. This agreement, signed in January 2024 by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihi, grants Ethiopia sea access and the establishment of a military base in Somaliland, in exchange for potential recognition of Somaliland by Ethiopia.

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