By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – A high powered Somaliland delegation comprising of officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior as well as security organs has departed to Addis Ababa for meetings with Ethiopian counterparts.
The delegation that flew out from Egal Airport this evening on an Ethiopian airways plane availed by the Ethiopian government is said to include Interior minister Ali Mohamed Waran’ade and his Foreign affairs Colleague Mohamed Behi Younis and a number of security officials from the Somaliland army, police and intelligence service.
According to Somalilandsun sources the impromptu visit to Addis Ababa is related to the current whereabouts of Warlord Ali Khalif Galayd who is reported to be in the vicinity of the neighbouring country’s Zone five regional capital of Jigjiga.
Warlord Galayd who is an American citizen who has since 2012 been waging war in Somaliland was rescued by the Liyuu police of Ethiopia from possible capture by the Somaliland army during an operation to flush out rebellious militias led by the American Warlord in SaahDheer town in the eastern Somaliland region of Sool.
The army operation in which a large number of militias armed with American weaponry supplied by Warlord Galayd were killed, numerous others injured also saw two members of the Mogadishu based Somalia federal Parliament captured and are now in custody together with other militias at the Togdeer regional prison in Burao town.
Somaliland which enjoys cordial relations with Ethiopia especially security is expected to demand the extradition of Galayd for prosecution in Hargeisa on charges of war crimes.