Somali Magazine – Salah Ahmed Jama, the deputy prime minister of Somalia, has condemned the deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland, which was signed on January 1, 2024, and which grants Ethiopia access to a significant portion of Somalia’s maritime resources.
The agreement was characterized by Jama as a “clear and aggressive violation of the sovereignty, nationalism, independence, and territorial unity of the Federal Republic of Somalia” and was proclaimed in Addis Ababa by President Muse Bihi Abdi of Somaliland and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia.
According to Jama, the decision made by the Ethiopian government has spurred a wave of solidarity and patriotism among the Somali people, who have voiced their opposition to the agreement and support for the Somali government.
In addition, he stated that the pact violates international law, UN and African Union principles, and endangers the stability and security of the region.
“The aggression and provocation of the Ethiopian government against the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Somalia has been met with a united front from the Somali people.” They have banded together to oppose any efforts to undermine Somalia’s independence, nationalism, and territorial integrity, according to Jama.
He called on the Somali people to protect their territory and waters against foreign invasion and to support their government’s diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.