Ethiopia’s foreign minister apologizes over the glaring mistake in the Ethiopia’s map uploaded on its website
Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has issued an apology after publishing a map on its website that did not include neighbouring Somalia.
The inaccurate map, uploaded to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs page, had other inaccuracies including the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo being one country, and South Sudan disappearing despite splitting from Sudan in 2011.
It also included Somaliland, a self-declared territory that is not internationally recognised.
“We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused,” a statement from the ministry said.
The map caused a stir on social media with some suggesting the faux paus was an indication of Ethiopia’s plan to annex Somalia.
The two nations have long had a bumpy history, with two wars being fought in the 1960s and 1970s and a civil war happening three years after a peace accord was signed in 1988.
Relations started to improve last year when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sought to diffuse tensions in the region.
There has been no official comment from the Somali government however the section where the map appeared is currently offline and its technical team are looking into why the map was posted and if there are any security issues with the site.