November 13, 2010 ·23 Comments
HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland’s top diplomat has arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Friday to hold talks with the country’s senior leaders according to a state press.
Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omar arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday morning to discuss bilateral ties with Ethiopia’s senior leaders including Prime Minister Dr. Meles Zenawi, Foreign Affairs State Minister Mr. Nega Tsegaye and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Haile Mariam Desalegn.
The two sides are expected to discuss ways to strengthen ties in the areas of trade, diplomacy, security and political issues of the Horn of Africa.
Dr. Omar is also expected to prepare Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silaanyo’s state visit to Ethiopia. The dates of the trip have not been announced yet but he is expected to travel to Addis Ababa some in the next two weeks.
President Silaanyo received an official invitation after his election in late June from Djibouti and Ethiopia. He embarked on the trip to Djibouti just last week. The trip has been successful and the two sides have agreed to open Liaison offices in their capitals (see Djibouti rolls red carpet for Somaliland President).
The Ethiopian government is also expected to give President Silaanyo a full state welcoming ceremony.
According to a source close to the government, President Silaanyo’s next trip after Ethiopia will be to the United Kingdom after he received an official invitation from the government of David Cameron. He was educated in the UK and held many different portfolios in the old Somalia government of Siad Bare before abandoning it to take arms and leading the Somali National Movement rebels that eventually liberated Somaliland.
The trip to Ethiopia by Dr. Omar will be a new defining moment in bilateral ties between the two states. This is the second trip to Ethiopia by the FM in less than two months.
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