How? What advantage did they take in Somalia?This is why I don't trust the Turks in Somalia, we should get them out. They are clearly taking advantage of us in our weakened state.
Ethiopia has a long held policy of having good relations with any two parties that are in conflict with each other. We have good relations and economic cooperation with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and of course the US. This is a long term policy and will not change so easily just because Egypt went to SL. Turkey companies have been investing in different fields including textile for decades in Ethiopia. We may enhance our relationship to another level since we have now a common enemy but that doesn't mean we will be emotional and abandon our relations with Israel or the US. That is not how our foreign policy works.There are two interesting aspects to the Turkey-Ethiopia meet-up.
1. The meeting was requested by the Ethiopian side. It looks like it was prompted by the Egyptian moves in Somaliland vis-a-vis the military base.
The geopolitics of the Middle East and the Horn of Africa up until now was dominated by the US. The two newcomers are Israel and Turkey. Both are scoring big in the US Trump era of self-withdrawal from the area.
Israel now got Egypt, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and upping its reach of Eritrea and Somaliland and has special relationship with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Turkey got Libya, Qatar, Palestine, Somalia and increasingly Tunisia in its orbit. And Yemen is slowly drifting towards Turkey. Big chunks of Syria and Iraq are under the Turkish control too. I predict that Lebanon will eventually come to Turkey asking for help against Israel, Iran and Hezbollah. It turns out the Turks are good at knocking out Hezbollah forces as they did in Syria.
Up until now Ethiopia was standing away from the geopolitical developments in the region and chose not to be anchored to any entity since historically it was never colonized.
It looks like there is now an understanding in Addis Ababa that Egypt would have not gone to Somaliland to request a military base without an ok from Israel and the US. The mistrust is building up. Apparently the belief that there is special relationship between Ethiopia and Israel has its limits among Habashis. Addis Ababa was also banking on the fact that Saudi Arabia and the UAE made big investments in the country and would not allow Egypt to jeopardize those investments. They seem to be in doubt now.
As a precaution against possible negative scenarios, Ethiopia wants now to bring in Turkey on board politically and possibly militarily. Turkey is already openly supporting the GERD dam which is a plus.
I think Addis Ababa wants to start getting close with Turkey in case the war breaks out and request Ankara to supply its devastating armed drones, advanced electronic jamming systems and satellite reconnaissance for free in exchange for granting the future development contracts to the Turkish firms since Ethiopia doesn't have funds right now and extremely poor. Libya used the same approach with Turkey to turn the tide of their war.