EGYPT BACKS SOMALIA OVER ETHIOPIA’S SEA ACCESS DEAL WITH SOMALILAND

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Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pledged support for Somalia amid a row with Ethiopia over a sea access deal with Somaliland.

Ethiopia on Monday signed a deal to utilise one of the seaports of Somaliland, drawing criticism from Somalia.

Somalia, which considers Somaliland part of its territory, has condemned the deal, terming it an act of “aggression” and a violation of its sovereignty.

In a phone call with Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Egypt’s Al-Sisi pledged “Egypt’s firm position to stand by Somalia and support its security and stability.

The European Union bloc has criticised the deal, urging for respect for Somalia’s “unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

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