Somaliland rejects proposed visit by Ethiopia PM, Somali president

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Somali President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmaajo (L), Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedm (M) and Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi (R)

Somaliland has rejected a planned joint visit by Somali President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmaajo and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

A high-ranking official in Somaliland had confirmed a proposed visit to Hargeisa by Abiy and Farmaajo on the initiative of the PM. Hargeisa is capital of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia.

A meeting between leaders of Somalia and Somaliland in Addis Ababa was brokered by Abiy last week after the 33rd African Union summit.

The Somali presidential spokesman confirmed that the “ice-breaking” meeting had indeed taken place between Farmaajo and Somaliland’s Muse Bihi.

Days later, Farmaajo made a public admission over excesses by the Siad Barre regime in the late eighties against Somaliland.

The planned joint visit to Hargeisa could be a positive first step towards finding an amicable solution to the longstanding rift between Somalia and Somaliland.

 

Chidi Nwoke.