MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia and Ethiopia announced they were jointly investing in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their two countries, the latest move in a tussle for access to ports along one of the world’s most strategic waterways.
After Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo hosted Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed for a meeting at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the two leaders issued a joint statement of pledges to cooperate on everything from the development of infrastructure including roads linking the two countries to expanding visa services to promote cultural exchanges.
“The leaders further agreed to invest in logistics and service provision specially to leading ports in the continent that can serve both the Indian ocean and the Red Sea,” the statement read.
The leaders further agreed to invest in logistics and service provision specially to leading ports in the continent that can serve both the Indian ocean and the Red Sea.
"Welcome to Mogadishu your excellency it's an honour to host you and your delegation. I am confident you'll find your stay comfortable and joyous." pic.twitter.com/JbGcwJnxUi
— Mohamed Farmaajo (@M_Farmaajo) 16 juni 2018
Prior to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visit to Somalia, the United Arab Emirates pledged to give $3 billion to Ethiopia in aid and investments, in a major show of support for the new leadership in Ethiopia — strengthening the partnership between Ethiopia and the oil-rich Gulf monarchy.