Somaliland and Ethiopian leaders’ talks Will focus on trade and observer status at AU and IGAD.
President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud (Silanyo ) and Prime minster Haile Mariam will meet on Saturday in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia .
The talks will focus on trade and Somaliland quest for observer status at IGAD and AU. Somaliland Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Omar told The Reporter that the Ethiopian government had assured the Somaliland government that it will work with it in order Somaliland gets recognition.
“We are pleased with the Ethiopian government in promoting our interest. Ethiopia is working on economy, diplomacy and security issues that we expect will help us to achieve our final goal, which is full diplomatic recognition,” he said. “That has not been achieved so far but we are working on it. The Ethiopian government is in support of that and we are very satisfied to that, “stated Dr Omer.
The Somaliland Foreign Minister appreciated the close relationship that his country has enjoyed with Ethiopia so far. He said that Ethiopia is a strategic country in achieving his country’s international recognition. He added the Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud (Silanyo) will discuss issues of recognition and bilateral relations with Prime Minister Haile Mariam .The two parties are working closely on issues related to security, peace, trade and communications.
Abdirahman Bidhan bcfm radio 93.2fm Bristol UK