Sunday 11 February 2018
Mogadishu (HOL) – Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is scheduled to meet with Somaliland leader, Muse Bihi ahead the resumption of Somalia-Somaliland talks.
Speaking at press conference on Saturday in Hargeisa, Somaliland foreign minister, Sa’ad Ali Shire said the leaders will hold a meeting in Djibouti to pave the way for further discussions between the two sides.
Mr. Shire noted that the talks between the leaders are aimed at devising dialogue channels and keeping them open to work out between the two parties.
He indicated that the environment created between the two sides was conducive enough to encourage further talks.
“We see no obstacles in the continuation of the negotiations between Somalia and Somaliland,” he said.
The Somalia-Somaliland talks collapsed several times after the two sides tabled hard conditions.
Somaliland declared independence in 1991 from Somalia after it accused the government of late Mohamed Siyad Barre’s military of carrying out atrocities against people in northern Somalia (now Somaliland).
Despite maintaining law and order, the breakaway republic of Somaliland has not yet gain recognition from the international community.