Eritrea Keen to Host Somalia-Somaliland Talks


“Eritrea expressed keen interest to facilitate future Somalia-Somaliland talks in Asmara” – Somalia Deputy PM


Eritrea has joined countries that have shown interest in facilitating prospective talks between Somalia’s Federal Government and the breakaway region of Somaliland.

The country’s deputy Prime Minister, Mahadi Mohamed Guled sees Asmara’s role in Somalia-Somaliland talks “important”, saying the East African nation is working to bring both sides to negotiating table.

There have been no negotiations following the collapse of the last meeting in Turkey on March 2015 and since then any attempts to revive them have not been successful.

Somaliland, which declared unilateral independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991, has been seeking international recognition, however, their efforts haven’t so far proved successful.

There are many countries, including Sweden, Turkey, Ethiopia, Djibouti and EU member states that actively jockeying for the opportunity to hold the talks on the unity of the Horn of Africa country.

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Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, paid a visit to Somaliland last March and held a meeting with President Muse Bihi in Hargeisa before his trip to Mogadishu the following month, beginning arbitration.