President Hassan Sheikh visits Ethiopia to renew ties and promote trade
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President Hassan Sheikh visits Ethiopia to renew ties and promote trade

President Hassan Sheikh visits Ethiopia to renew ties and promote trade


By Yunis Dekow

The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud , arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two neighbouring countries after recent political feuds.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was received by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at Bole International Airport.

The two leaders and their delegation later held bilateral discussions aimed at enhancing cooperation between Somalia and Ethiopia.

A brief statement from Addis Ababa read in parts, “the two leaders expressed the will and commitment to further strengthen relations between Ethiopia and Somalia, particularly focused on enabling a stable Horn Region.”

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud expressed appreciation to Ethiopia for the sacrifices made to enable a better Somalia and highlighted the importance of collaboration to address common challenges faced by the two countries. 

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

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

This is President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s first official trip to Ethiopia following his re-election mid this year. 

His Predecessor Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo was a close ally of the regime in Addis Ababa. He severed diplomatic ties with Nairobi leading to a diplomatic crisis later solved by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. 

Somalia has allowed Kenyan Traders to import Khat, a stimulant drug produced in Kenya and Ethiopia which was the root cause of the diplomatic wrangles between the two East African Countries. 

Both Countries target Somalia for export of the stimulant.

According the Miraa, Pyrethrum and Other Industrial Crops Directorate (MPICD), one of the Directorates created under the Agriculture and Food Authority in Kenya, Khaat worth $100 Million to Somalia in under a month since the resumption of trade.

This has come as a major reprieve to growers who had been hit hard when Mogadishu imposed a ban in 2019.

During the reign of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Somalia only allowed Ethiopian Khat to be imported.

Somalia said Kenya was involving itself in the domestic affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia. 

The head of state’s visit to Addis Ababa concludes a series of foreign tours to neighboring and friendly nations to fulfil his campaign pledge of Somalia at peace with itself and the World. 

By By Yunis Dekow
Mr. Dekow is Broadcast and Digital editorial director at Dalsan Media English Service. He is also a writer, public information, media management and Strategic Communication expert.