BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Somalia denied on Tuesday that it had sent troops to the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia to fight on the side of Addis Ababa.
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Othman Abu Bakr Dubai said, “This news is untrue and politicized by some people,” according to the Somali News Agency (SUNA).
The Somali minister added that Ethiopia did not ask the federal government in Mogadishu to send its soldiers to participate in the fighting in Tigray.
The Somali media had reported a few days ago about the participation of Somali forces in the fighting alongside Ethiopia in the Tigray region .
In early November, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, ordered to send troops to Tigray in a move he said was in response to attacks by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front on federal army camps in the region.
Following the arrival of Ethiopian troops, a large-scale assault was carried out to capture the Tigray region from the TPLF fighters and arrest the separatist leaders.