Somalia has warned the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia could see a flow of weapons into the country destabilising an already fragile situation.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Abdirizak said Somalia was ‘concerned’ by the fighting in neighbouring Ethiopia which is now moving southwards. He said Somalia is currently witnessing an influx of Ethiopians fleeing their country.
The Foreign Minister noted that there were fears weapons from the Ethiopian conflict could find their way into the hands of civilians in Somalia. He added that Somalia had sent a call for dialogue among the warring factions in Ethiopia.
Somalia’s concerns come as countries evacuate their citizens from Ethiopia. Zambian president Hakainde Hichilema said Tuesday Zambian nationals had been safely evacuated from Ethiopia.
The UK, Denmark, Italy and the US have also urged their citizens to leave the country.
Kenya’s telco Safaricom evacuated its staff last week from Ethiopia where it had secured entrance into the Horn of Africa nation through a consortium.