Oct 28, 2011

Somaliland: President Receives Visit From Italian Foreign Affairs Delegation

On 27 October 2011 President Siilaanyo met with a seven member delegation from Italy to discuss the current situation in the region and bilateral relations.

Below is an article by the Somaliland Press:

Somaliland president Mr. Ahmed Mohamoud Siilaanyo meets high level delegation from Italy comprising of seven members. According to a press release issued from the presidential spokesman Mr. Abdilahi Mohamed Daahir ‘Cukuse,’ Somaliland president Mr. Siilaanyo held a high level meeting with an Italian delegation. The meeting was held at the office of the president today as the press release states.

The Italian Deputy of Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Senatore Alfredo Mantina is heading the delegation.

Somaliland president and the Italian delegation discussed in length the bilateral relation between Somaliland and Italy. The delegation told that the main reason behind coming to the country is to know the real situation on the ground. Italian deputy foreign affairs minister Mr. Senatore Alfredo Mantica congratulated the Somaliland president when it comes to good governance and that the Somaliland government has managed to sustain law and order.

Italian deputy foreign affairs minister further added that they came to the country in order to inform the Somaliland government that the Italian government will work closely with Somaliland. The Somaliland president briefed the delegation on Somaliland history and he added that Somaliland people and its government are awaiting the international community to recognize and extend a helping hand when it comes to the efforts that it made.

The president of Somaliland was accompanied by the vice president Mr. Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail Saylici, Foreign affairs minister Dr. Mohamed Abdilahi Omar, planning and development minister Dr. Sacad Ali Shire, health minister Dr. Husein Mohumed Mohamed and minister for the presidential office Mr. Hirsi Ali Haji Hasan. The Italian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Senatore Alfredo Mantica was accompanied by Elisabetta Bolloni, General Director for cooperation and development for the Italian planning ministry, Rosa Anna Coniglio who is the General Director for the Italian planning ministry which is special to the cooperation of Africa and Sub-Sahara and the Italian ambassador to Kenya and four other senior officials.