Somalia – Landlocked Ethiopia demands inclusion in the Red Sea F…

(MENAFN – SomTribune)

Ethiopia’s exclusion from the Red Sea Forum, which is a new geopolitical architecture formed by Gulf states and Horn of Africa countries in 2019, is wrong, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Speaking to the media today, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dina Mufti said Ethiopia demanded to join the Red Sea Forum as the country is a regional champion in the integration effort of the Horn of Africa region.

The forum involves some eight countries, namely Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

However, Ethiopia which has more than 100 million inhabitants and geopolitical proximity to the Red Sea is excluded from the forum.

The spokesperson said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonen had stressed during his trip to Germany to attend the 58th Munich Security Conference earlier this week that the exclusion of Ethiopia from the Red Sea Forum was a mistake.

“The Deputy Prime Minister mentioned that Ethiopia’s exclusion from the Red Sea forum is a mistake because Ethiopia has a lot to contribute to strengthening peace and security in this region.”

According to Dina, since the forum is established to fight against illegal human trafficking, arms smuggling and other related issues, Ethiopia should be part of this form as it could contribute a lot in building peace. and security.

With this argument, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs who participated in the Red Sea Forum Roundtable on the sidelines of the 58th Munich Security Conference stressed the need to reconsider Ethiopia as a important country for the forum, he said.

“Ethiopia’s role in linking the region with transport is essential. As you know, Ethiopia is a champion in building infrastructure to accelerate regional integration,” the speaker noted.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen also held talks with the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Ireland on the sidelines of the 58th Munich Security Conference, we learned.

Regarding the current situation in Ethiopia, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs informed the officials that the TPLF has continued the war by attacking the neighboring regions and adding to the atrocious acts it has committed until here.

Demeke also called on the international community to break the silence and hold the TPLF accountable for the destruction of economic and social infrastructure that has affected the delivery of humanitarian services, the spokesperson said.

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