Somaliland and International Partners Reach Mutual Understanding in Nairobi

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Somaliland officials meet International partners Representatives at the Nairobi residence of Ambassador Hon Ole Thonke the Danish envoy to Kenya

Somalilandsun:  The governments of Somaliland and the international partners have reached an understanding on a number of issues, following a high-level discussion of the future engagements of Somaliland on matters of trade and international cooperation.

The delegation led by the Minister of Finance Hon. Dr. Saad Ali Shire, with Minister of Planning Hon. Hassan Mohamed Ali, and a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday met with 16 ambassadors and representatives of the World Bank, the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development in Nairobi.

The meeting organized by the Somaliland Embassy in Kenya and held at the residence of the Danish Ambassador Hon Ole Thonke, discussed wide-ranging issues.

The Somaliland team in Nairobi

Somaliland Ambassador to Kenya Bashe Awil Omar, who briefed Dawan newspaper on the purpose of the meeting and the issues hence noted that he Ambassador of Denmark, Hon Thonke, explained his visit to Somaliland the previous week and the talks held the President of Somaliland, H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi, regarding preparation of election etc.

Somaliland officials meet International partners Representatives at the Nairobi residence of Ambassador Hon Ole Thonke the Danish envoy to Kenya

Ambassador Bashe said that the Minister of Planning Hon. Hassan Gafaadi, spoke about the co-operation between the international community, the government’s decision to suspend cooperation with UN agencies and the latest talks between UN Special Representative Mr Swan and Somaliland.

Similarly, Minister of Finance Dr. Saad Ali Shire briefed the international community on the areas that the Somaliland government needs support and the process that can be followed.

Somaliland finance Minister Dr Saad Ali Shire with Danish envoy to Kenya Amb Ole Thonke in Nairobi

Ambassador of Denmark H.E. Thonke speaking on behalf of other diplomats and representatives stated the understanding has been reached to continue cooperation and ways of achieving lasting solution structure or system Somaliland and donors to work together in future.

Officials from Somaliland and Kenya pose after meeting at State House Nairobi

Meanwhile, Ambassador Bashe Awil stated that the Ministers of National Planning and Finance, Mr. Hassan Gafaadhi and Dr. Saad Ali Shire met with Kenya’s President Uhuru  State House Chief Executive Officer Mr. Joseph Kinyua as well as  with the Cabinet Administrative Secretary of Health Dr. Rashid Amaan at State House Nairobi.

By: Mahmoud Walaleyee

Somaliland officials meet International partners Representatives at the Nairobi residence of Ambassador Hon Ole Thonke the Danish envoy to Kenya
L-R Amb Bashe Awil, Finance minister Dr Saad Ali Shire with Joseph Kinyua assistant to president Uhuru, at the Kenyan state house in Nairobi

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