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Turkish PM meets Somaliland President in İstanbul

The Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with the President of Somaliland, Ahmed Muhamed  Mohamoud Silanyo in İstanbul on Wednesday.

Somaliland unilaterally declared its independence as a de facto sovereign state in 1991 after a coalition of clan-based armed opposition groups ousted the nation’s long-standing military government. Somalia wants Somaliland to be part of a united country. But Somaliland which has been a haven of relative peace amid the chaos and bloodshed in Somalia, is seeking international recognition. The international community is urging the two sides to find a negotiated settlement.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed and Somaliland President Ahmed M Mohamoud Silanyo came together for the first time in a tripartite meeting held by top Turkish officials at the request of the two parties in Ankara in mid-April.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu described the first meeting on April 13 in İstanbul as a “historic start,” at which the parties signed the “Ankara communiqué,” voicing their commitment to the continuation of dialogue

In early July this year, Davutoğlu also brought the two sides together in a continuation of the peace talks between them.

The Somaliland president also visited Turkey in mid-March to have talks with Turkish officials, including Davutoğlu, who pledged to increase aid support to Somaliland. During his visit, Silanyo was also scheduled to meet with PM Erdoğan; however, the meeting had to be canceled due to Erdoğan’s poor health. Diplomatic sources. 


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