Eritrea keen to facilitate Somalia-Somaliland talks



Hargeisa–Eritrea has joined the African countries that is keen to host the stalled talks between Somalia’s Federal Government (SFG) and Somaliland.

The deputy prime minister of Somalia, Mr. Mahadi Mohamed Gulied has seen Asmara’s role in mediating the dialogue between Somalia-Somaliland.

He said that Eritrea has embarked on well coordinated diplomatic leverage to bring the two sides to negotiation table.

The talks which the Turkish government hosted collapsed on March 2015 and all attempts to revive the stalled negotiation have not been achieved.

Somaliland declared unilateral independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 but its efforts to gain an international recognition have not produced tangible achievements.

There are many countries which are actively jockeying to host the talks including Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland. Djibouti, Ethiopia and the EU.

Eritrea’s FM paid a courtesy call to Somaliland last March and held bilateral talks with President Musa Bihi Abdi.

Later, Osman Salah, Eritrea’s FM arrived in Mogadishu and met with Somalia’s leader, Mr. Farmajo.




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