Egypt Response To Ethiopia’s Marine Force In Somalia: Not An Option

On Sunday, Egyptian President Abdelfattah el-Sisi slammed Ethiopia’s agreement to establish a marine force in Somal, “Do not try Egypt,” he said in a statement.

At a news conference in which the Somali President was present, el-Sisi said that “Egypt will not allow anyone to threaten Somalia or affect its security.” Egyptian-Ethiopian relations are already hanging by a thread for years, since Ethiopia’s decision to build the Renaissance dam on the Nile River.

Egypt is actively participating in constructive political talk in the region, especially in Sudan and Palestine.

Earlier in December, el-Sisi, along with the King of Jordan, said he rejected any attempt to expel the Palestinians from Gaza. In addition, both of them said an immediate ceasefire was crucial to end the humanitarian crisis taking place in the strip.

Last November, in response to the war in Sudan, the Egyptian President, in his meeting with the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, highlighted Egypt’s efforts to back up Sudan in its ongoing war despite the economic challenges the country is facing at the moment.

Moreover, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced last week that they refused to join the US and UK in their attacks on Yemeni Houthis.

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