Washington DC, April 27, 2013 (SL Times) – Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo led a delegation to the US where he had a very busy schedule.
The president started his activities with a speech at the Atlantic Council where he spoke about how Somaliland was an independent country when it united with Somalia, the unfairness that Somalilanders endured under the civilian regimes all the way to the genocidal policies of the military regime.
In addition to making the case for Somaliland’s independence and why it deserves to be recognized, the president also spoke about the progress Somaliland has made and the vital role it plays in maintaining security in the Horn of Africa.
The president also held meetings with the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, Pentagon officials, businessmen, Congress, USAID, and signed a deal with the Norwegian oil company.
The US government reiterated its position that despite its recognition of Somalia’s government, it will continue its engagement with Somaliland and USAID assistance to Somaliland will be increased.
The president stressed that Somaliland’s diplomatic recognition will contribute to a better future in the Horn of Africa.