Feb 13, 2012

Somaliland: Strengthening Ties With Ethiopia

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo made an official visit to neighboring Ethiopia with a view to bolstering bilateral relations.

Below is an article published by Somaliland Press:

Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo arrived back home amid escalating crisis in Buhoodle region after local militia rebel members launched a pre-dawn assault on military base in Buhoodle town on Tuesday.

Silaanyo returned to the country after wrapping up two day visit to neighboring Ethiopia where he held high-level talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The two countries discussed security, trade and other bilateral issues.

Mr. Silanyo also stopped over in Djibouti where he discussed strengthening cooperation between the two countries and the regional situation with President Ismail Omar Guelleh.

The Somaliland president told local media that his visit was aimed at consolidating bilateral good-neighbourliness, brotherhood and advancing pragmatic common interest between the two countries. “Djibouti and Somaliland are two neighboring countries and brother united by many common interests, and my visit aims to consolidate them” he said.

He also emphasized that participating in the upcoming Somali conference in London will not affect the integrity and sovereignty of Somaliland.

“Taking part in the conference does not mean that we gave up, in any way or form, in what has for many years been our ultimate goal, that access to international recognition and have our place in the comity of nations,” he said.

The president was given ruptures welcome at Egal airport and was received by country’s vice president, speaker of National Assembly, several ministers, and people who turned out to welcome their leader.

Along with the first Lady Amina Sheikh Mohamed Waris, the President was leading a large delegation including the Minister of Presidential Affairs Hirsi Ali Hajji Hassan and Interior Minister Mohamed Nur Arreh.