Somalia orders Ethiopian Ambassador to leave the country

Published April 4, 2024, 6:26 p.m. by FNN


According to ONM-ABO news  April 4,2024 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia has launched several diplomatic measures in response to the recent developments and in compliance with the principles of sovereignty and environmental integrity.
  The decision follows a decision by the Council of Ministers in response to the actions of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, which Somali government says violate the sovereignty and internal affairs of Somalia.

Key Points:

  1. Ethiopian Ambassador’s Departure: Somalia has issued an order for the Ethiopian Ambassador, Mr. Muktar Mohamed Ware, to leave the country within the next 72 hours. This move underscores the seriousness of the situation and reflects Somalia’s commitment to safeguarding its sovereignty.

  2. Closure of Ethiopian Consulates: In addition to expelling the ambassador, Somalia has directed the closure of Ethiopia’s consulates in two critical regions:

    • Hargeisa: The consulate in the breakaway region of Somaliland.
    • Garowe: The consulate in the semiautonomous region of Puntland.
  3. Recall of Somali Ambassador: The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia, servving in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa), has been recalled to Mogadishu for detailed consultations. This step aims to address the escalating tensions and seek a resolution through dialogue.

Somalia said the measures were taken to protect the sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

The Federal Government of Somalia remains committed to maintaining and promoting peaceful relations with all neighboring countries and it is important that mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity form the basis of these relations, she said in a statement issued through her foreign ministry.


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