17 August 201818:56

Press release on normalisation of Eritrea-Somalia relations


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The situation on the Horn of Africa has seen major improvements recently. The end of the longstanding confrontation between Ethiopia and Eritrea was reinforced by constructive processes in other areas, particularly, relations between Eritrea and Somalia.

For the first time in 15 years, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed paid an official visit to Asmara on July 28-30. During his talks with President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki, agreements were reached on restoring diplomatic relations and bilateral cooperation, which were formalised in the Joint Declaration adopted after the meeting of the heads of state. The practical aspects of implementing the agreements were discussed during a working visit to Mogadishu by Foreign Minister of Eritrea Osman Saleh on August 13.

Moscow hopes that neighbourly relations between Eritrea and Somalia will have a beneficial effect on the general situation on the Horn of Africa, further enhance stability and security in the subregion, and deepen integration within the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

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