June 21, 2018 (Hornnews24) – The Somali prime minister, Hassan Ali Kheyre has on Wednesday strongly denied that Somalia and Ethiopia reached in Mogadishu any seaport agreement, what could be seen to be a temporary aberration of his exhausted mind.
Speaking to a Somali community in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, the premier said that the Somali president, Farmajo and the Ethiopian prime Minster had discussed among other things ways of strengthening bilateral relations.
Kheyre went on to say that the so called agreement between Somalia and Ethiopia on four Somali seaports was only an unfounded concocted lie and mere rumours propagated by what he called irresponsible newspapers.
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 a meeting in Mogadishu on Saturday, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’ and PM Ahmed have signed an agreement allowing Ethiopia to run four seaports in Somalia including Bosaso seaport, Berbera, Hobya and Marka seaport.
President Farmajo addressed the nation and explained the bilateral agreement on the four seaports which was immediately opposed by legislators and other Somali personalities.
According to comments made by local newspapers, the Somali prime minister’s denial of the joint-agreement between Somalia and Ethiopia on the four seaports was seen as a political blunder.