HARGEISA – Somaliland’s Foreign Minister, Saad Ali Shire, last week pledged to support neighbouring Djibouti on their recent border conflict with Eritrea during a press conference last week.
Shire cited close relations between Somaliland and Djibouti as the main reason for providing full support.
“Djibouti is our second country, our close ties with them are based on personal and cultural ties. Anytime Djibouti faces any threat, Somaliland will stand ready to defend our brothers at all costs,” Shire said.
Border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea date back to 2008 after Djibouti accused Eritrea’s armed forces of building trenches on both sides of the border.
Close to 144 people were killed in the clashes. Tensions between the two countries renewed last month after Qatar’s peacekeeping force withdrew from the border after Djibouti downgraded their relations with Qatar in response to the Gulf crisis.