Sep 24, 2013

Somaliland: Ethiopian Foreign Minister Meets Somaliland Delegation

During a high-level meeting last Friday [20-09-2013], the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros met with a delegation from Somaliland to discuss economic assistance and help in capacity building for Somaliland.

Below is an article by AllAfrica:

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros met a Somaliland delegation led by the Foreign Minister Mohamed Bihi Younis on Friday (September 20).

The Somaliland Foreign Minister said Somaliland valued its relationship with Ethiopia and the support it was getting from Ethiopia. He said Somaliland wanted to enhance this relationship and he called on Ethiopia to increase its use of the services and facilities of Somlailand, especially the port of Berbera. He also requested Ethiopia to give assistance in capacity building and provide training for security and police units as well as for civil aviation. Dr. Tedros said there were a lot on commonalities throughout the region and he believed these must be utilized for greater cooperation.

The best solution for the problems in the region was for all to work together for better economic benefits and integration. Dr Tedros also said Ethiopia is ready to help Somaliland in its quest for capacity building and training. He offered scholarships for Somaliland students in Ethiopian universities. He noted that strengthening people-to-people relationships is vital and emphasized the value of development based on the approach of mutual benefit. Dr. Tedros also noted that Ethiopia hoped the implementation of the recently signed agreement between the Somali Federal Government and the Interim Jubba Administration would proceed according to plan. He said recent visit of the leader of the Administration to Mogadishu was a positive step towards this.