updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

Ethiopia to enhance support to Somalia-Ethiopian Prime Minister


The pledge came during a meeting between the premier and visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has pledged more support from his country to next-door Somalia, state-owned Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the agency, the pledge came during a Saturday meeting between the premier and visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

During the meeting, Desalegn said the Ethiopian forces, working under the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), have been significantly contributing to facilitating the rapid delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Somali people and also in the fight against al-Shabaab militant group.

The premier went on to say that Ethiopia would continue to support infrastructure development in Somalia.

Moreover, he said, the country will further boost its overall assistance to help Somalia build a sustainable administration system, adding that his government is backing efforts that aim to bring about reconciliation between the Somali government and militant groups in the Horn of Africa country.

Mohamud, for his part, said that Ethiopia is playing a major role in maintaining peace and stability in his country.

The Ethiopian forces, which recently joined AMISOM, have managed to liberate areas that had been occupied by Al-Shabaab within a short time, the Somali president said.

He also lauded Ethiopia’s efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance to those who are in need, according to the agency.

Mohamud arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday for talks with Ethiopian officials and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country recently appeared to inch closer to stability with the installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with bringing Al-Shabaab to heel.

Somalia and Ethiopia signed a defense agreement earlier this year.

Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia in 2006 to drive out the Islamic Courts Union, which ruled the Horn of Africa country.

Addis Ababa sent forces again into Somalia to join African peacekeepers to support the central government against the militant Al-Shabaab group.

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US Secretary of State Kerry raises detained Ethiopian bloggers with PM

Addis Ababa -  (dillapress.com)US Secretary of State John Kerry said he had raised concerns about Ethiopia's detention of six bloggers and three journalists during a meeting with the country's prime minister on Thursday.

The bloggers - part of a group called Zone 9 that has published articles and appeals criticising government policies - and the local journalists were arrested last week and accused with attempting to incite violence.

Rights groups have taken to Twitter and other websites calling for their release and accused the government of trying to silence critics.

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Somalia’s Shebab vow to boost attacks as Ethiopia join AU force

Mogadishu: Somalia's Shebab insurgents called on Saturday for renewed attacks against foreign forces, after arch-enemy Ethiopia joined the African Union force battling the insurgents.

Top commanders of the Al Qaeda-linked group, including insurgent supremo Ahmed Abdi Godane, met this week after Ethiopia formally joined the UN-backed mission known as AMISOM, Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said.

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Ethiopian troops join AU force in Somalia

MOGADISHU - Ethiopian troops in Somalia on Wednesday formally joined the UN-backed African Union force amid efforts to boost operations against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, officials said.

Hardline Shebab insurgents control large parts of rural southern Somalia, having been driven from a string of towns by the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM), although guerrilla units stage regular deadly attacks in the capital Mogadishu.

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Ethiopia: Security Kills 6 Ethiopian rebels ,Capture 12

Addis Ababa — An Ethiopian police source on Friday told Sudan Tribune that security forces had killed six and captured 12 " Eritrean trained" Ethiopian rebels.

The source said the rebels had crossed into Ethiopia from Sudan to carry out attacks in the country.

The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the rebels were members of the Gambella rebel group.

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