HARGEISA, Somalia – The president of the Somali regional state in Ethiopia Mustafa Muhumed Omar (Cagjar) arrived Sunday in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland, a separatist region in northern Somalia.
On Sunday, Cagjar held a meeting with President Muse Bihi at the presidential palace and discussed a number of issues, including security and the ongoing bloody conflict in northern Ethiopia.
According to Fana Broadcasting Corporate [FBC], state media Bihi expresses support for the Ethiopian government’s military campaign in the north of the country, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Meanwhile, Hassan Yasin, former North Western of Somalia ambassador and head of the trade office in the United Arab Emirates, denied the FBC report that Bihi supported the ENDF’s fight against TPLF in northern Ethiopia.
The visiting regional leader said the people of the Horn of Africa share a common destiny and interest in security, commerce and people-to-people movement. He also informed Bihi about the Ethiopian war.
Ethiopia acquired a 19% stake in the port of Berbera in North Western of Somalia following an agreement with DP World of the United Arab Emirates in 2018.
Axadle has received information from several sources that Cagjar is on his way to Northeastern State, one of Somalia’s five federal member states. However, his office has not confirmed his trip to journalist so far.
Cagjar is reportedly seeking to support the Ethiopian government’s fight against the TPLF, currently led by Abiy Ahmed, which has close ties with Farmajo, the outgoing president of Somalia.
If confirmed, Cagjar’s visit to Northeastern State would violate Abiy Ahmed’s policy of not having direct contact with Somali federal states, which he and Farmajo agreed to after taking office in 2018. .
In June of this year, a report by the United Nations Human Rights Council alleged that Somali recruits trained in Eritrea had fought in Tigray, which would constitute illegal participation in a foreign war.
The document, which focuses on human rights in Eritrea, cites credible reports that Somali soldiers in training were taken to the front lines in Tigray, including accounts that Somali troops were in Aksum.
But, the federal government in Mogadishu rejected the UN report and said there were Somali soldiers who participated in the Tigray conflict, seeing it as an internal affair between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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