By M.A. Egge
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The government of the Republic of Somaliland has officially apologized to the Ethiopian government following the neighbor’s diplomatic staff having been manhandled, arrested and locked up in Gabiley region last week.
The VP H.E. Abdirahman Ismael Sayli reiterated the state’s apology to her worthy neighbor at the airport yesterday shortly before he jetted off to Ethiopia. The VP said that following the incident the government has already apprehended the culprits who would be charged with infringing upon diplomatic immunity regulations.
Both countries are not only close allies, but indeed share a long common history of socio-economic, cultural, political and security relations.
He likewise stated that the government had already sent her profuse apology on the incident which he termed as one that “both the government and the people of Somaliland were seriously perturbed” about.
He reminded the populaces that the ages old close relations between the two countries spanned eons hence that it would never be easily severed whatever happens.
The VP further said that he would also express in person further apologies on behalf of the government and the people of SL upon arrival in Ethiopia whenever he met her leaders.
Despite the fact that the VP’s trip was touted as a private visit he is surely expected to meet with Ethiopian leaders.