Tanzania and somaliland to have high level meetings later this month
PRETORIA — Bernard Membe, Tanzanian foreign affairs minister announced on Saturday that Somaliland and Tanzania are due to have high-level talks before the end of this month.
The Minister made the statement shortly after meeting with his South African counterpart in Pretoria, Mrs Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. In the past South Africa has been one of the few African countries to have open relations with Somaliland but after this meeting with Tanzania the two Ministers released a statement proclaiming their desire for a united Somalia.
Mrs. Nkoana stated that “Somaliland at the moment in our memory is part of Somalia. We do not want to encourage the disintegration of countries. For now in line with the AU we are not in the business of not disbanding, dismantling and dismembering countries”. Whilst the official stance of the AU is well known– recent events, particularly in South Sudan have changed the dynamic throughout much of the continent.
This will be the first time that President Ahmad Mohamed Mohamoud (Silanyo) will visit Tanzania during his tenure. The President is currently away in China where the Government is in the process of signing a trilateral trade agreement with China and Ethiopia.
Somalilandpress | 15 August 2011