Under construction since 2016, "Sisi-city" as it's often dubbed is the ambitious plan of the man who has ruled the country since 2013, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The man wants to leave his mark on the country. To do so, he is multiplying pharaonic constructions. Widening the Suez Canal, building infrastructure or, more recently, constructing the world's largest artificial river ... There are plenty of major projects.
But the construction of this new city 45 km from Cairo remains the most titanic project currently underway in Egypt, and indeed on the entire African continent. A veritable playground, seven times larger than Paris itself. All this for a colossal budget, estimated at between 52 and 60 billion dollars.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has warned Ethiopia against taking steps to implement a controversial port deal it brokered with the breakaway region of Somaliland.
Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on January 1, Somaliland leased landlocked Ethiopia 20km (12 miles) of its coastland around the port of Berbera, on the Gulf of Aden, for 50 years for military and commercial purposes.
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Mohamud said Ethiopian assets would have to cross into Somalia’s territory in order to reach the leased area and warned Addis Ababa against taking such a step.
“So far Ethiopians haven’t come into Somalia. If they will, then that will be a problem at a different level,” Mohamud said.
Source: Al Jazeera YouTube
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