July 5, 2012 ·21 Comments
HARGEISA — SOMALILAND Opposition Leader Faisal Ali Warabe has rejected claims the leaders have invited Somalia’s interim President to Hargeisa for a state visit.
A week after meeting President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in Dubai for the first formal talks in decades, the leader of UCID Party denied local media reports of a planned visit by the TFG leader.
Faisal was part of a large opposition, parliamentarian, government delegation including President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo that met the TFG leader in UAE last Thursday. The two sides discussed ways to strengthen long-term and multifaceted cooperation.
“These reports are fabricated and baseless. Sheikh Sharif has no business in our affairs nor do we have plans to invite the administration there here,” he said during a press conference he held in Hargeisa.
He said inviting him will send the wrong signal not only to the international community but also to the Somali people. He insisted until relationships were clarified between Somaliland and Somalia — there will not be any invitation.
President Silanyo and his Somali counterpart signed the Dubai Statement to pave the way for cooperation on number of fields including combating terrorism, piracy and to hold future formal negotiations on economy, borders and legal matters. The meeting was held on the sidelines of Dubai’s second international anti-piracy conference.
Faisal Ali Warabe was part of a delegation that included the former President and other opposition leader Dahir Riyale Kahin of UDUB Party, Muse Bihi, the chairman of the ruling Kulmiye party and members of parliament and civil services.
Somalia and Somaliland have not had a relations since the collapse of the Somali Republic in 1991 but signs towards close ties is slowly emerging since talks have been initiated in Britain few weeks ago.
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