Jul 29, 2019

Somaliland: Visit of United Nations Special Envoy to Discuss Governance and Cooperation

Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abid has received United Nations Special Envoy James Swan to discuss Somaliland’s democratic progress, UN-funded programs, as well as good governance and security in the Horn of Africa. The visit comes as Somaliland has stepped up its efforts in recent months to establish bilateral ties with other countries in West Africa and the Middle East. 

Below is an article published by Somaliland Sun:

The President of the Somaliland Republic, Muse Bihi Abdi, received the United Nations Special Envoy, Ambassador James Swan in Hargeisa today [28 July 2019].

The President met with the new envoy, who recently took up his post in the region.

The delegation from the United Nations led by Ambassador Swan is in Somaliland to discuss areas of mutual interest, including democratic progress, UN funded programs, good governance and the general security in the Horn of Africa.

The new UN envoy, James Swan, is no stranger to Somaliland, having visited the country on numerous occasions whilst serving as the United Sates ambassador during the administration of former president, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud “Siilaanyo”.

The UN delegation is expected to meet with senior government officials, members of the Houses of Elders and Representatives, as well as non-governmental, civil and business leaders.

The visit comes at the time when the Somaliland political parties reached a consensus, with the support of the EU ambassador, Nicolas Berlanga Martinez, on the issues pertaining to the forthcoming parliamentary and local elections.


Photo courtesy of Somaliland Sun