President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia today signed a “joint declaration on brotherly relations” agreement to establish diplomatic ties and exchange ambassadors.
The declaration came just three weeks after Ethiopia and Eritrea declared an end to two decades of conflict, rapidly restoring diplomatic ties and flights between their capitals.
President Mohamed arrived in Asmara on Saturday (28) for a three-day visit.
Here below is the full text of the joint declaration.
Eritrea-Somalia Joint Declaration On Brotherly Relations and Comprehensive Cooperation
Cognizant of the deep bonds of friendship between the peoples of Eritrea and Somalia;
Recalling that the peoples of Somalia and Eritrea have consistently evinced solidarity and provided support to each other’s aspirations for freedom, independence, and progress;
Determined to build on their historical brotherly relations and mutual solidarity to forge a partnership that benefits the two nations and the region;
The Governments of Eritrea and Somalia have reached the following points of agreement:-
- Somalia is endowed with a strategic location and vast human and natural resources. However, it has been hampered in realizing its potential due to internal problems and external intervention. Thus, Eritrea strongly supports the political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia as well as the efforts of the people and government of Somalia to restore the country’s rightful stature and achieve the lofty aspirations of its people.
- Somalia and Eritrea will endeavor to forge intimate political, economic, social, cultural as well as defense and security cooperation.
- The two countries will establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors, promote bilateral trade and investment, as well as educational and cultural exchanges.
- Eritrea and Somalia will work in unison to foster regional peace, stability, and economic integration.
Done at Asmara on July 30, 2018
For the State of Eritrea For the Federal Republic of Somalia
President Isaias Afwerki President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed