Mogadishu, 7 September 2023 (TDI): The inaugural meeting of senior officials from the Somalia-Ethiopia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) commenced in Mogadishu on September 5, marking a momentous occasion in the diplomatic relations between Somalia and Ethiopia.

The meeting, scheduled to run until September 7, has set the stage for enhanced cooperation across political, economic, and social fronts.

Both Somalia and Ethiopia are enthusiastic about advancing their partnership to achieve mutual benefits and strengthen their ties further.

Hamza Adan Haadoow, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Somalia, reaffirmed Somalia’s commitment to deepening its relations with neighboring Ethiopia.

This commitment extends to fostering cooperation that promises advantages at regional and international levels, paving the way for a promising future for the nations’ partnership.

Ambassador Fisseha Shawl, the Director General of African Affairs at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed optimism regarding the meeting’s potential impact.

He believes that this gathering of senior officials will catalyze the enhancement of bilateral ties across multiple sectors, highlighting the strong, brotherly relationship that binds the two countries.

The discussions in Mogadishu hold the promise of advancing mutual interests and facilitating positive developments in the region.

Throughout the Senior Officials Meeting, stakeholders from both Somalia and Ethiopia are expected to engage in substantive discussions and negotiations.

Their collective aim is to forge a path towards greater cooperation and partnership in the years ahead.

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Director General Ambassador Fisseha Shawl stated that this platform would serve as a mechanism to further institutionalize bilateral relations at all levels and explore new areas of cooperation.

He reiterated that the relationship between the two countries is a brotherly bond forged by blood.

Permanent Secretary Hamza Adan Haadoow emphasized that the bilateral ties have withstood the test of time and called for further strengthening of cooperation in political, economic, and social sectors.

As the Senior Officials Meeting unfolds in the days to come, participants from both Somalia and Ethiopia are anticipated to participate in meaningful dialogues and talks, with the aspiration of charting a course towards increased collaboration and alliance in the future years.