Somaliland: FM Behi in Djibouti for Bilateral Talks

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FM Behi (2nd R) is received by Djibouti ministers at the local airport

By: Yusuf M Hasan

DJIBOUTI (Somalilandsun) – The Somaliland Minister of foreign affairs and international Cooperation Mohamed Behi Yonis is in neigbouring Djibouti for bilateral talks.

FM Behi who arrived in the country at 11am was received by his host and counterpart the Djiboutian Foreign minister Mahmud Ali Yusuf as well as the minister of Labour Abdi Hussein Ahmed and the Somaliland envoy in the country Ambassador Mohamed Hirsi Qalinle among others.

The Somaliland foreign minister who is in the third leg of a working tour abroad that started in Egypt then the United Kingdom where he met senior government and diplomatic officials was upon arrival in Djibouti hosted to a sumptuous dinner by high ranking officials.

Among those at the dinner were the Djiboutian central bank governor, National security Chief, Prime minister’s executive officer, Police commissioner and Commander of Presidential guard as well as some Members of parliament and prominent business tycoons.

According to a press statement released by the communications unit at the Somaliland ministry of Foreign affairs FM Behi who is expected to parley the Djiboutian neighbours on various issues related to existing bilateral relations during meetings with the president, Prime minister and other high ranking government officials and politicians as well as business concerns.

Djibouti officals host Somaliland foreign minister Behi Younis to a  dinner

The whirlwind diplomatic tour conducted by the Foreign minister first in Egypt where he led a delegation that included education minister Zamzam Abdi Aden held fruitful discussions not only with host country senior government officials but with the Somaliland resident and student community.

In the UK the Somaliland Foreign Minister Mohamed Behi Yonis held similar discussions in London where he stressed that the ultimate and most important objective of the Turkey government hosted talks between Somaliland and Somalia on 8th November 2013 is the final separation between the two formerly united countries and nothing less.

Djibouti and Somaliland have conducive bilateral relations that have seen the country become a major player in cross border trade as well as the government being among the few that accept Somaliland passports as valid travel documents.

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