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    Foreign diplomats and the president meet to talk about resuming Somalia-Somaliland negotiations.

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    On Monday in Mogadishu, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with the Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Yilmaz, the Norwegian Chargé d’Affaires Haakon Svane, the Special Representatives of Turkey and Norway, Aykut Kumbarolu and Ms. Heidi Johansen.

    According to reports, the President reaffirmed Somalia’s intention to picking up negotiations with the secessionist Somaliland administration in Hargeisa.

    The Turkish and Norwegian governments were warmly welcomed by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for their dedication to assisting in the revival of negotiations between Somalia and Somaliland. He spoke of his country’s strategy, “Somalia at peace with itself and the World,” which calls for resolving the long-standing Somaliland problem.

    Former presidents of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi met in Djibouti in June 2020 as a result of negotiations arranged by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh.

    The conference ended, though, without any definite decisions on strategies for future conversations.

     

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