Hargeysa(Mogadishu24)-The Breakaway Republic of Somaliland on Sunday rejected coercion in its many forms those were against its national interest, amid mounting international pressure over the sensitive Memorandum of Understanding with Ethiopia, granting 20 kilometers of sea access to it.

“Grounded in democratic principles and the rule of law, Somaliland places importance on diplomacy and dialogue as the bedrock of international relations. Central to Somaliland’s foreign policy ethos is the promotion of good relations built on mutual respect and collaboration, not only among neighbors but also within the wider global community”, said in a statement.

The statement added that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopia, was aimed at nurturing bilateral cooperation and reciprocal gains for both parties, saying it remains vigilant against any attempts by certain nations or organizations to exploit this agreement for their own national agendas.

Somaliland described the Somalia’s tough stance against the violation of international norms on its sovereignty and territorial integrityas false claims of sovereignty, to further their self-serving national interests.

Somaliland’s remarks come following reports that the Ethiopian Government was considering to scrap its plan to recognize this region due to international pressures to defuse the tension between Somalia and Ethiopia that started after the sensitive deal on January 1st in 2024.

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