Ethiopia: Al-Shabaab Poses No Threat to National Security
Awramba Times (Phoenix, Arizona) – Ambassador Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 that the Somalia-based militant Islamist group, Al-Shabaab poses no imminent threat to Ethiopia’s national security.
In his statement issued at the ministry’s official website, Ambassador Dina claimed that although Al-Shabaab was a threat to peace and the level of threat it posed could vary, nevertheless “our defense force and intelligence are capable enough to defend their country; there is no reason for the public should be worried.”
The spokesperson also reaffirmed that Ethiopia will continue to keep its troops in Somalia until Al-Shabaab is weakened and sustainable peace and security can be maintained in Somalia. Ambassador Dina stressed the need for members states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to work jointly to curb terrorist attacks.
Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who extended his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Kenya over the killings at the Westgate Mall, noted that Ethiopia, as the current Chair of the African Union, was “committed to play a leading role in coordinating other African countries in the fight against terrorism.”
In the aftermath of Al-Shabaab’s attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Awramba Times had expressed its concern that Ethiopia could be the next terror target of the militant Islamist group.