Johannesburg(Mogadishu24)-Molly Phee, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, alongside Michael Hammer, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, shed light on the United States’ concerted efforts to de-escalate the tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia and foster peace in the Horn of Africa.

Assistant Secretary Phee emphasized the critical nature of the discussions, stating, “Our visit to Addis reflects our strong partnership with African institutions and countries… focusing on the ongoing crises and tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia resulting from the January 1st Ethiopia-Somaliland MOU.” She further underscored the importance of dialogue, “The issue of Ethiopia’s desire for increased commercial port access…should be resolved through talks with the federal Government of Somalia…based on cooperation and regional economic and security integration.”

The U.S. officials’ visit underscores a robust commitment to supporting stability and peace in the region. Assistant Secretary Phee articulated the broader implications of their diplomatic efforts, “And in our meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud…we urged a de-escalation of tensions based on respect for Somalia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“This sentiment reinforces the United States’ stance on the importance of sovereignty and the need for internal resolution of the status of Somaliland, a delicate subject that has contributed significantly to the current tensions.

As the situation between Somalia and Ethiopia remains fluid, the international community, spearheaded by U.S. diplomatic efforts, continues to advocate for peaceful resolutions and dialogue. The emphasis on respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and regional cooperation serves as a cornerstone for these efforts, with the hope of navigating the complexities of the Horn of Africa towards a stable and prosperous future.

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