Somaliland: President to Visit Saudi Arabia


UAE officials receive President Silanyo during a recent official visit

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – A high powered delegation from Somaliland led by President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo is expected to departure shortly for an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The head of state who has received an official invitation from authorities in Riyadh is expected to be accompanied by among others the first lady Amina Mohamed Jirdeh ‘Amina Weris’, his private secretary and a number of government ministers.

No statement has yet been released by the presidency on the motive of the visit though it comes at a time when Saudi Arabia has indicated need of utilizing the country’s airspace and ports during its on-going war it is leading against rebels in Yemen.

Worthy of mentioning is that during his 2015 state of the nation address president Silanyo indicate his government’s support of the Saudi Led coalition war in Yemen as well as the Somaliland support to the stance taken by the Arab league on the Yemeni conflict

On other hand the president and his administration is on an accelerated diplomatic drive to enhance bi-lateral relations with Gulf country as can be ascertained by this visit to Saudi Arabia that comes in the heels of a recent eight days one to the United Arab Emirates.