May 8, 2012

Somaliland: Somaliland and Djibouti Boost Diplomatic Relations

The President of Djibouti H.E. Ismail Omar Gelle and Somaliland's foreign affairs minister Dr Mohamed Abdilahi Omar and Interior Minister Hon Duur Arale enhance diplomatic relations

Below is an article published by somalilandsun.com

The Governmens of Somaliland and Djibouti have embarked on the enhancement of diplomatic relations.

The enhanced diplomatic relations follows a meeting between the President of Djibouti H.E. Ismail Omar Gelle and Somaliland's foreign affairs minister Dr Mohamed Abdilahi Omar and Interior Minister Hon Duur Arale. Also in attendance at the meeting was the Djiboutian Foreign affairs minister Hon Mohamed Ali Yusuf.

According to Dr Mohamed Abdilahi the meeting which took place at the Djiboutian presidency reached accords pertaining to enhanced Diplomatic, Economic and security partnership between the two horn countries that share a common border.

The two countries further discussed issues pertinent to prevalent Horn of Africa political and security situation as well as how Somaliland can be intergrated into regional development activities as an equal player and partner.

The Foreign affairs minister who also conveyed an official message from President Silanyo ,arrived in Djibouti early this morning [07 May 2012] to support his compatriot Duur Arale minister of interior who has been in the country for a number of days on official duties.

The interior minister has been in Djibouti on issues related to a recent border mishap that saw two Djibouti cabinet ministers denied entry into the country by immigration officials based at the Lugahaya border point. The mishap was later attributed to poor communication.

On conclusion of the meeting the foreign minister Dr Mohamed Abdilahi Omar immediately left for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he will represent the country in an IGAD meeting. The minister's participation comes after an official invitation from the regional body.

The incumbent administration of president Silanyo is determined to maintain the conducive diplomatic relations it enjoys with Djibouti, thus the dispatch of Hon Duur to Djibouti immediately after the border the incidence which seems to have embarrassed the Djiboutian'. The on transit meeting by the Foreign minister further reveals the desire to ensure status quos remain.

President Silanyo who inherited lackluster relations with Djibouti has in the span of two years in office managed to establish very conducive and cordial diplomatic relations which have created commercial opportunities for all.