21 January 2013

Somalia: Somaliland Delegation Visits the United Arab Emirates

Somaliland's Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamad Abdilahi Omar is currently leading a Somaliland delegation to the United Arab Emirates. The delegation also includes the Minister of the Presidency, Hirsi Haji Ali, and the managing director of Berbera port, Engineer Ali Omar Mohamed.

It was briefly joined by Energy Minister, Husein Abdi Duale, following the conclusion of the 4th Gulf Intelligence UAE Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi which he attended. The delegation has met with the U.A.E Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, and among topics discussed were United Arab Emirates investment in Somaliland and development cooperation as well as the forthcoming talks between Somaliland and Somalia.

In June last year, the UAE government brought together the presidents of Somaliland and Somalia to ratify a framework for bilateral dialogue aimed at clarifying future relations between the two countries. The Somaliland delegation has also discussed how the U.A.E might be able to help in improving services at Berbera. Discussions with Dubai Ports World-DPW over possible operational management of Berbera and infrastructural and human resource development have been going on for some months.

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