Somali President Engages in Security Discussions with Eritrean Leader

Somali President Engages in Security Discussions with Eritrean
The leaders discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations between their countries

Somali President Engages in Security Discussions with Eritrean Leader

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud engaged in bilateral talks in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. According to Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel, the meeting on Sunday was described as “extensive” and primarily focused on regional issues, including Somalia’s ongoing efforts in combating militants.

The state-owned Somali National News Agency reported that discussions also encompassed “important regional and global topics,” although specific details were not disclosed.

President Mohamud’s visit marks his second trip to Eritrea this year and the sixth since assuming office in May 2022, underscoring the robust diplomatic ties between the two nations.

The previous visit in January occurred against the backdrop of tensions between Somalia and neighboring Ethiopia over a port agreement between Addis Ababa and the self-declared republic of Somaliland—a deal contested by the Somali government.

A video shared on social media platforms captures President Isaias and President Mohamud strolling through the streets of Asmara, with local residents expressing support through cheers and capturing the moment with photographs.

Eritrea has played a significant role in supporting Somalia’s military capacity building efforts by training thousands of Somali soldiers. This assistance comes at a crucial time as African Union troops are anticipated to withdraw from Somalia by the end of the year, necessitating a strengthened Somali army to maintain security and stability in the region.

The bilateral talks between President Afwerki and President Mohamud underscore the importance of cooperation between Eritrea and Somalia in addressing shared regional challenges and advancing mutual interests. As both countries navigate complex geopolitical dynamics, sustained dialogue and collaboration remain essential for promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Horn of Africa.

 

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