Ethiopian ambassador holds talks with Somali leaders

Ethiopia has been accused of directly interfering in Somalia's internal affairs for a long-time since the collapse of the former military regime. 

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Ethiopian ambassador holds talks with Somali leaders

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The new Ethiopian ambassador to Somalia Abdifitah Abdullahi has held several Somali regional leaders in the capital, Mogadishu this week.

The diplomat from the neighboring country who is of Somali origin met with Jubaland leader Ahmed Madobe and his HirShabelle state counterpart Ali Gudlawe in the past two days, sources told KON.

The sources privy to the meeting say the two Somali regional leaders discussed with the ambassador issues related to the security in their respective states and the fight against Al-Shabaab.

Ethiopia which has long interfered in Somali affairs and has combat ENDF troops in the south and central regions in the country, taking part in the war on Al-Shabaab which the US military is largely involved, providing air support to local and AU troops on the ground.

The closed-door meeting between comes as Somalia is expected to hold an indirect election in the coming two months following an agreement on the electoral tiff signed on May 27.

Amnesty International has accused Ethiopian troops in Somalia of killing civilians and committing atrocities, including gang-raping women during the 2006 invasion. 


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