Kenya proposes treaty to ease Somalia-Ethiopia tensions

Kenya on Thursday announced a proposal for a regional maritime treaty to defuse tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia.

Ethiopia in January signed a deal with the breakaway region of Somaliland to lease a portion of its coastland in return for possible recognition of the region, which has claimed independence from Somalia since 1991.

The deal angered Somalia, fueling concerns of futher destabilisation in the Horn of Africa. 

Somalia and Ethiopia are considering the proposal, according to Sing’oei in an interview with Reuters news agency.

He said that the treaty would be a way to ensure regional stability, adding that the two countries’ leaders have been asked to meet to discuss the proposal.

It came as Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Thursday met with his Kenyan counterpart William Ruto in Nairobi as part of efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the dispute.

Source: Africanews

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