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Egypt seeks diplomatic foothold in Somalia

Egypt is seeking to repair its relations with Somalia amid the ongoing crisis over the Ethiopia dam in the Nile River and Turkey’s growing influence in the African country.

CAIRO — On Dec. 6, a high-ranking Egyptian diplomatic delegation headed by Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Sherif Issa visited Mogadishu at a time when Egypt has been taking steps to boost its presence in Africa.

The Egyptian delegation began its visit by meeting with Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak to discuss “the developments in Somalia, the regional situation in neighboring countries and its repercussions on stability and security in the African Horn, as well as ways to promote bilateral relations between the two countries. …” read a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

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