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Somalia President and Ethiopia Prime Minister signs agreement to benefit both countries and strengthen each other.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi agreed to a mutual relationship between both countries. They also agreed to contribute to A.U.’s plan of seeking better solutions to the continent.
The meeting held at Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and henceforth, both countries will enhance diplomatic and trade activities as well as removing all trade and economic barriers. The relationship will aim at improving economic growth and investment between both countries.
Hence, both countries condemned any form of terrorism between the two countries emphasized the need to cooperate.
Ahmed is the second Ethiopian President to visit Somalia after Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2007 when they helped the Somali Government Fight the Islamic Courts Union that terrorized the capital.
Security was tightened with the deployment of Somali troops along major roads in Mogadishu. With all major roads leading to the airport and the palace closed to the public.
Ethiopia has more than 4,200 troops who are officially serving as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia. In addition, several thousand Ethiopian troops operate in various parts of Somalia outside the AMISOM mandate but under a bilateral agreement with Somalia.