Somalia Accuses Ethiopia of Blocking President from AU Summit, Calls for Investigation

Published: February 17, 2024

Mogadishu, Somalia – February 17, 2024 – The Federal Republic of Somalia has accused Ethiopia of making a “provocative attempt” to obstruct the Somali President’s delegation from attending the ongoing African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa.

A press statement issued by the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today strongly condemned the alleged action, calling it a breach of diplomatic protocols and established AU traditions.

The statement did not specify the nature of the alleged obstruction, but emphasized that Ethiopia, as the host nation of the AU headquarters, has an obligation to treat all African leaders with equality and respect.

“Hosting the AU is both an honor and a privilege for Ethiopia,” the statement reads. “However, if its government fails to uphold this honor and responsibility with the necessary decorum, it may be necessary for the African Union to reevaluate the location of its headquarters.”

Somalia further urged the AU to conduct a “credible and independent investigation” into the matter, in line with the union’s protocols.

As of now, there has been no official response from Ethiopia or the African Union regarding the allegations.

This development comes amidst heightened tensions between Somalia and Ethiopia, particularly regarding ongoing border disputes and regional security concerns.

Further developments are expected, and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.