(Xinhua) -- Somali President Mohamed
Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) said on Wednesday that he is
scheduled to meet his counterparts from Eritrea and Ethiopia for
a two-day tripartite talk on economic integration.
Farmajo said the Sept. 6-7 meeting in Asmara, Eritrea will focus
on strengthening the economic security and stability of the
"Somalia seeks to play a key role in economic and social
integration of the Horn of Africa to foster trade and
investment, and to improve connectivity between the people and
businesses of the Horn," Farmajo said in a statement issued in
The Somali leader said his vision is to promote free trade
flow, and economic cooperation among all the countries of the
Horn of Africa.
Farmajo also said he is leading efforts to consolidate gains
made at the just concluded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in
Beijing by facilitating the prospect of a tripartite agreement
on economic integration between the three Horn of Africa
"Somalia’s ambition to take the lead in facilitating a robust
Horn of Africa trade bloc would foster stronger economic
stability and development for the Horn nations," said Farmajo.
Ethiopian air traffic
controllers end week-long strike
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian air traffic controllers on Wednesday
returned to their jobs amid the arrest of nine people on
suspicion of attempting to disrupt international flights and
As the Ethiopian Aviation Authority confirmed on Wednesday
the return of air traffic controllers to their duties, the nine
arrested are currently under investigation concerning their
involvement in the strike, which the Ethiopian Aviation
Authority affirmed was "illegal."
Despite reports that the strike has affected flights to and
from Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, one of
Africa’s busiest airports, the Ethiopian Aviation Authority and
the Ethiopian Airlines Group have downplayed similar reports.
Amid the strike of Ethiopian air controllers, their Kenyan
counterparts had raised safety concerns concerning international
flight bound to Ethiopia’s airspace.
"Aircraft operating in and out of Addis Ababa are in grave
danger as the situation continues to deteriorate," Kenyan Air
Traffic Controllers Association said as their Ethiopian
counterparts commenced the week-long strike.
Ethiopia’s Civil Aviation Authority, however, rejected
concerns regarding the safety of Ethiopian airspace despite the
The authority said in a press statement that it "fully and
categorically rejects the false and baseless statements
circulated by the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association in
their circular of 30 August 2018 regarding the safety of
Ethiopian airspace following the illegal strike of air traffic
controllers (ATCs) in Ethiopia."
"The Area Control Center (ACC) in Addis Ababa is being manned
by adequate number of well-trained, highly capable instructors
and professionals," the authority said.
A similar strike by Ethiopian air traffic controllers in
April led to the suspension of scores of flights in and out of
the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
Ethiopian Airlines Group also on Monday reassured that "the
Ethiopian airspace remains very safe and highly secured even
after the illegal strike of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation air
Ethiopia’s flag carrier further stressed that all its
scheduled and unscheduled flights and other airlines operating
to and from Ethiopia have been operating smoothly.