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    Ethiopia is willing to dialogue regarding the Somaliland deal, according to an official.

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    Somali Magazine – Ethiopian national security adviser Redwan Hussien has stated that Addis Ababa is “willing to listen to friends” in an effort to de-escalate tensions with Somalia over a contentious port agreement with the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland.

    “As part of our pledge, we will increase our efforts to achieve a deeper understanding. Mr Redwan stated on X (previously Twitter) that he would listen to friends about coordinating efforts to lessen rhetoric.

    “Will continue striving to steadily reach at a conclusion with amicable considerations which benefit all,” he said.

    On Monday, Mr. Redwan criticized “opportunistic external actors” for interfering in the Somali-Ethiopian conflict.

    The words were interpreted as directed at Egypt, which has warned about challenges to Somalia’s sovereignty.

    The dispute arose after Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Somaliland earlier this month.

    The agreement grants landlocked Ethiopia access to a seaport for military and commercial interests.

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