Somaliland: Somaliland President Receives British Diplomats
Below is an article published by Qarannews:
The Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin received today [January 23, 2010] a delegation of British diplomats from the United Kingdom embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The British delegation was led by Mr. John Marshall, deputy Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, accompanied several senior diplomats.
During the meeting, the President and the British diplomats discussed areas of mutual interest to both countries, including the strengthening of current ties between Somaliland and the United Kingdom, the economic, political and security situation in the region and the forthcoming elections in Somaliland.
In his brief remarks prior to the discussions, the President emphasized Somaliland's resolve in safeguarding the stability and progress in the region, and requested the continued assistance of the international community, including the United Kingdom, in combating terrorism and piracy in the region.
President Rayale stated his confidence in the work of the new National Elections Commission in its preparation for the forthcoming elections, as well as, the co-operation between all political parties in Somaliland to resolve any outstanding issues through dialogue, discussion and consensus.
On his part, Mr. Marshall, deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia, once again thanked the warm welcome afforded to his delegation by the people and the government of Somaliland.
Mr. Marshall stated the United Kingdom's continued support of Somaliland in terms of capacity building, good governance and democratic progress.
Also attending the meeting were the Somaliland Foreign minister, Mr. Abdillahi Mohamed Duale, Somaliland Rehabilitation and Resettlement minister, Mr. Mohamed Yusuf Osman, Minister of state at the Home Affairs, Mr. Farhan Jama, Mr. Saeed Adani, the Somaliland President's press secretary and Mr. Matt Woods, from the Birtish Embassy in Addis Ababa.