Ethiopia says Nairobi Attack will not Cause Change in Policy on Somalia


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Somalilandsun – Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dina Mufti said on Thursday Al-Shabaab’s attack in Nairobi will not cause any change in Ethiopia’s approach to Somalia.

On the Ministry’s press conference for foreign press Dina said Ethiopia remains optimistic about consolidating peace and stability in Somalia. He added that the attack is a sign of Al-Shabaab’s weakness and its end. Nevertheless, Ethiopia does not underestimate any threats to its security, he stressed.

Regarding the situation inside Somalia, the spokesperson said though the international community’s response towards building the Somalia state has been slow, the recent meeting in Brussels was promising.

Asked about Ethiopia’s impatience with AMISOM’s progress in taking over from Ethiopia, Dina said Ethiopia has reduced its troop size in Somalia, but the remaining troops are very capable of doing their job of securing stability.

On Eritrea, the spokesperson restated Ethiopia’s long held hope that the Eritrean government would give up its policy of destabilization, but noted that a recent UN report has further shown that is not the case.

Dina also briefed the representatives of the foreign press about the report of the International panel of Experts established by Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt.

He said that the report clearly recognized the significant benefits of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam to Sudan and Egypt.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia took the initiative for the establishment of the International Panel of Experts with the intention of building confidence among the basin countries.