Between 20 and 21 June, representatives of the Republic of Somaliland and the TFG held talks in the United Kingdom following the commitments in the London and Istanbul communiqués to support dialogue between the two parties in order to help them clarify their future relations. The Somaliland delegation was led by the Foreign Minister, Dr Mohamed A Omar.
The meeting focused on the framework for the future dialogue, and areas of potential cooperation between Somaliland and the TFG and its successor. The meeting called on the Presidents of Somaliland and the TFG to meet to review progress as soon as possible. To that end, President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo is currently in Dubai to endorse the outcome of the talks.
As part of its commitment to ensuring peace, stability and democracy throughout the Horn of Africa, the Somaliland representatives reiterated their support for ending the transition in Somalia. Such a declaration in no way implies that Somaliland is becoming an internal actor in the Somalia Road Map process; it is simply endorsing the establishment of a legitimate government in our neighbour, Somalia, a position which Somaliland shares with the international community, and which is in Somaliland’s interests. As His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Somaliland overtly declared both in his commemoration of the 52nd anniversary of the independence and on his departure to the Somali talks:”Somaliland’s independence is irreversible and unnegotiable.”
Abdirahmaan Yuusuf Duale”Bobe”
Minister of information & National Guidance official spokesman of the government of Somaliland