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Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia

Ethiopia's foreign ministry has apologised after a map of Africa on its website incorporated neighbouring Somalia within its own borders.

"We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused," the statement said.

Somalia had been completely erased from the map, but the self-declared territory of Somaliland - which is not internationally recognised - was shown.

The neighbours have long been rivals, fighting borders wars in the past.

But relations between the two countries have improved since Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power last year as he has sought to defuse tensions in the region.

Timeline: Ethiopia and Somalia

1964 and 1977: Two wars fought over Ethiopia's Somali-inhabited Ogaden region1988: Peace accord signed, three years later Somalia descends into civil war1996: Ethiopian forces enter Somalia to defeat Islamist fighters in the town of Luuq2006: Ethiopian troops intervene in Somalia and remove Islamists from power2009: Ethiopian soldiers officially leave Somalia, but remain in the country to this day as part of the African Union intervention force fighting al-Shabab Islamist militantsJune 2018: Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed visits Somalia to strengthen tiesOct 2018: Mr Abiy's government signs a peace deal with rebels fighting for Ogaden's secession. Read More...

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