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.