Al Shabaab attack army base in southern Somalia, casualties reported

Al Shabaab has attacked a government army base in southern Somalia with two car bombs and gunfire. BBC journalist Farhan Jimale said the military admitted there were casualties on both sides, but gave no figures. Earlier today, local media reported a suicide car bomb explosion followed by heavy gunfire reported in Awdheegle district in Lower Shabelle region. “We heard a huge blast and learnt that a military base was hit by a car bomb but we don’t know additional information,”  Dahir Hassan, a local resident, told Radio Garowe on the…

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African states challenged to own their peace processes

Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission has called for the African ownership of peace processes in the continent. This emerged during a meeting to review institutional relationships and partnership among the AUC, foreign states and international organisations in the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture and African Governance Architecture. The African Peace and Security Architecture and African Governance Architecture have The war in South Sudan, the regime change in Sudan, the collapse of the State in Somalia, and the conflicts in Burundi and DRC, the situation in Ethiopia as well…

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US political secretary in Sudan to push for implementation of peace deals

  US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will on Wednesday meet with representatives from the Transitional Military Council and Forces for Freedom and Change and civil society. The State Department said the meeting will “encourage full and timely implementation of the agreements reached on July 17, and August 4, to create a civilian-led transitional government, and underscore our expectation that the transitional government will reflect the will of the Sudanese people.” John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, and Co-Founder of The Sentry, said the US has a unique opportunity…

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Engage in politics for lasting peace, UN envoy tells Somalia youths

Lasting peace in Somalia will be achieved when youths are represented and participate in politics, UN envoy James Swan has said. “We think prospects for lasting peace Somalia will be improved if young people feel represented. If they participate in political life, and if they have a say in the national dialogue they can ultimately show their stake and involvement in the country’s future,” Swan said at a youth event in Mogadishu on Tuesday. He said the United Nations in Somalia will continue to help youths develop initiatives to ensure…

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Kenya shuns Somalia, recognises Somaliland as independent country

The Kenya-Somalia bilateral relations seem to have gotten to a point of no return after Nairobi recognised Somaliland as an independent country. On Thursday, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Ambassador Macharia Kamau held talks with Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Yasin Hagi Mohamed and “discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries and ways of strengthening the cooperation”. The breakaway state of Somaliland has been a self-governing region of Somalia for more than 20 years, but its claim of independence is not recognized by Mogadishu or…

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US intervenes in Kenya-Somalia diplomatic row, as geopolitics battles over Mogadishu intensify

The US has been drawn into the murky waters of the Kenya-Somalia diplomatic row over the ocean boundary dispute. On Monday, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma met US representative in Somalia Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and discussed the recent developments between the two states. “Received & held a meeting with Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Representative of the USA to Somalia. Exchanged views on the state of play in Somalia & our roles in the pursuit of regional peace and security. Accompanying Amb. Yamamoto was Amb. Kyle McCarter, US Ambassador to Kenya,”…

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Keep off Somalia waters, internal affairs, Arab Parliament tells Kenya

The Arab Parliament has called on Kenya to stop meddling with Somalia territorial waters, which are an integral part of the Arab waters. In a resolution issued during an Arab Parliament meeting in Cairo, members of the Arab League rejected Kenya’s “false pretensions to draw up a new, unfounded map, while rejecting its threats to interfere in Somalia internal affairs”. The communication was posted by Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a tweet on Thursday. “The #Arab Parliament calls on #Kenya to stop its hands on #Somali territorial waters, which…

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Foreign Minister Gedu meets Djibouti President to deepen diplomatic ties

Minister for Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachewu held talks with President Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on Tuesday at the President’s palace. A press release by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the President congratulated Minister Gedu on his new appointment and reiterated his government’s “unwavering commitment towards ensuring that the symbolic Ethio-Djibouti ties would make giant leaps forward in the years to come”. “On the Occasion, Minister Gedu told President Guelleh that the strategic partnership and symbolic ties between Ethiopia and Djibouti is longstanding and well entrenched that it will not falter in the…

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