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Ethiopia, Somalia urge dialogue to resolve Eritrea, Djibouti dispute

Ethiopia, Somalia urge dialogue to resolve Eritrea, Djibouti dispute


<p><strong>The leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed to initiate dialogue as they seek to resolve a border dispute between the latter and Djibouti, according to Abdinur Mohamed, the communications director in the office of the Somali president.</strong></p> <p>The leaders, who were meeting in the Eritrean capital of Asmara, agreed to resolve the impasse in the interest of peace and development in the Horn of Africa region.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed arrived in Asmara at 7:00 pm today to warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed & other dignitaries.The three leaders will hold a tripartite Summit this evening on enhancement of regional ties of friendship/partnership <a href="https://t.co/HCGEfFJa1u">pic.twitter.com/HCGEfFJa1u</a></p>— Yemane G. Meskel (@hawelti) <a href="https://twitter.com/hawelti/status/1037385265944375296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Djibouti in July <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/07/20/djibouti-seeks-un-to-help-resolve-border-dispute-with-eritrea/"target="_blank">petitioned</a> the United Nation’s security council, asking the body to ‘facilitate an agreement between them upon a mutually acceptable means of peaceful dispute settlement’.</p> <p>The disputed land in question is the Dumeira mountain and Dumeira island which Djibouti claims is being illegally occupied by Eritrea.</p> <p>Both Somalia and Ethiopia have been actively working to achieve the normalisation of relations between Djibouti and Eritrea.</p> <p>Takeda Alemu, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United Nations told the security council in July, that Addis Ababa had conducted <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/07/31/ethiopia-working-to-resolve-eritrea-djibouti-impasse/"target="_blank">fruitful and useful discussions</a> with the Djibouti foreign minister.</p> <p>Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, also <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/08/16/somalia-president-in-djibouti-for-talks-amid-diplomatic-tension/"target="_blank">travelled to Djibouti</a> in August to discuss his own country’s normalisation of relations with Eritrea after he was criticised for calling on the United Nations to lift sanctions on Eritrea.</p> <p>An arms embargo imposed on Eritrea since 2009 was chiefly to do with its alleged support for Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab but also because of its agression against Djibouti and refusal to enter any form of mediation over the disputed regions.</p> <p>Calls for the 2009 Eritrean sanctions to be lifted has been strong in recent months following the peace deal between the country and Ethiopia. </p> <p>The Djibouti – Eritrea standoff is seen by most political and security analysts as the final rift needed to be solved to restore durable peace to the Horn of Africa region.</p> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/08/31/antique-quiet-touristic-ethiopian-journalist-hails-eritrean-capital-asmara/"target="_blank">Antique, quiet, touristic: Ethiopian journalist hails Eritrean capital Asmara</a>
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