ASMARA (HAN) October 4. 2020. Public Diplomacy, Monitoring Regional Issues. The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mohammed A. Mohammed, arrived in Asmara in mid-morning hours today for 2-day working visit. President Mohammed & his delegation were accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki on arrival at Asmara International Airport.
The two Heads of State will discuss progress of bilateral ties, measures of its further consolidation as well as regional developments & trends. President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed & his delegation will also visit various development sites and projects.
After signing the agreement, Somali president called for the lifting of sanctions on Eritrea, imposed over the country’s alleged support for the al-Shabab armed group in Somalia.
Matt Bryden, chairman of Sahan, a think-tank covering the Horn of Africa, described Monday’s development as good news.
“Eritrea and Ethiopia have had poor relations because of Eritrea’s support for groups like al-Shabab and other opposition groups in Somalia,” Bryden.
“That support has diminished in recent years, and there really hasn’t been a confrontation between the two governments,” he said.
Bryden also raised the issue of the political relationship Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia have with Gulf countries.
Somalia, on the other hand, has a very poor relationship with the UAE, according to Bryden.
“Mogadishu is more closely aligned with Qatar, so it’s not clear how Somalia is going to walk this tightrope between these two camps and where it’s going to take Somalia next.”
After Ethiopia’s peace agreement with Eritrea, its other neighbour and rival Djibouti asked the UN Security Council for help mediating a long-standing border dispute that has soured relations with Asmara.