Talks in Turkey between Somalia and Ethiopia failed to yield any tangible results for Somalia with an additional round scheduled for September. The Turkish-facilitated talks sought to ease tensions between Ethiopia & Somalia following Somalia’s backing down from the preconditions it imposed for future talks.

Despite false reports of a joint declaration what was agreed was in fact a joint statement which will be published shortly. In effect no agreement could be reached and the two parties essentially listened to each other’s perspectives, thus the need for a second round of talks.