Eritrean Foreign Minister arrives in Somaliland for an official visit

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Monday March 18, 2019 - 21:42:10 in Latest News by Super Admin
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    Eritrean Foreign Minister arrives in Somaliland for an official visit

    HARGEISA (Horn Observer) Eritrean delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Eritrean Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Ghebreab arrived in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland on Monday, officials said.

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Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh meets Somaliland president Muse Bihi in Hargeisa, Monday, March 18, 2019. | PHOTO COURTESY.
HARGEISA (Horn Observer) Eritrean delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Eritrean Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Ghebreab arrived in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland on Monday, officials said.


The visit becomes first ever visit by Eritrea’s government delegation to Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia.

The news of the visit was kept secret until Eritrean Minister of Information, Yemane G. Meskel broke on Twitter.

He said the Eritrean officials were in Somaliland for a working visit and as part and parcel of ongoing concerted efforts to enhance regional peace.

"#Eritrea‘s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane G/ab have arrived in Hargeisa today for a working visit and as part and parcel of ongoing concerted efforts to enhance regional peace,” Meskel tweeted.

Somaliland Vice Preident Abdirahman Abdillahi Saili has received delegation at the Egal International Airport in Hargeisa, Somaliland presidency confirmed.

"There are ongoing closed door meeting at the Presidential Palace in Hargeisa. Details will come soon,” said a source at Somaliland president’s office.

Eritrean minister of Information said in a twitter that "The objective of this first-ever Eritrean Government delegation visit to Hargeisa is to begin engagement with Somaliland & to buttress the quest for the promotion of regional peace. The delegation will have numerous meetings with a wide range of actors during the three-day visit."

Ethiopian Prime Minister has also made such attempts in the past few months though no success yet.

In June last year, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace deal halting hostilities and resuming diplomatic ties. That agreement was followed by another peace agreement between Somalia and Asmara, which has long been accused of supporting al-Shabaab militant group.


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