Somaliland: U.S. Official Meets President
United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jenday Frazer held separate talks with
Below is an article written by Hashim Goth published by Adwal News Network:
United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jenday Frazer today [03-02-2008] held separate talks with Somaliland President and Opposition leaders.
Arriving the capital of the breakaway state in a previously undeclared visit, Frazer said after her meeting with opposition leaders that her government would give financial support to Somaliland’s upcoming Presidential elections due to be held in August 2008.
Probably with the armed conflict that followed the Presidential elections of
Accompanied by heavy
Frazer’s visit, the first official visit of a
The Washington Post reported in December 2008 that
The report cited that the State Department opposed such move, putting them at odds with the Defense Department officials who indicated that forging ties with Somaliland could help bring stability to the whole of
In remarks he made after Frazer’s meeting with Rayaale, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said the meeting between Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, and Rayaale Kahin was aimed at discussing ways to stabilize the war torn country.
“There's no change in our policy position vis-a-vis recognition of Somaliland,” McCormack said, adding “We are not on the verge of recognizing
He added that the
Frazer’s sudden visit, however, reflects that rapid developments could be taking place in the relations between Somaliland and the U.S, particularly after the latest civil unrest in