Turkey hosted the third official talks between Somalia and Somaliland for the improvement of relations and political dialogue between the country and its autonomous zone on Jan. 16-19 in Istanbul.
Releasing a statement on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said that during the inter-delegation meeting, the two sides had agreed on a final statement.
The creation of an office in Turkey to assure the steps that will be taken, the rules that will be followed, the resolution process and the institutionalization of talks is among the points that were agreed on during the meetings. The two sides also expressed a commitment to holding talks every 90 days.
Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled represented Somalia in the talks, while Somaliland was represented by its foreign minister, Mohamed Bihi Yonis.
The Foreign Ministry welcomed the talks’ final statement, underlining that Turkey will continue to host the talks between Somalia and Somaliland for the prosperity and stability of its friends and brothers, the Somali people. The statement also said that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had called the two ministers and congratulated them after the meeting.
Turkey places great importance on the integrity of Somalia and pledges to continue its support for the reconciliation, stability, prosperity and development of Somalia.
Somaliland unilaterally declared its independence as a de facto sovereign state in 1991 after a coalition of clan-based armed opposition groups ousted the nation’s long-standing military government. Somalia wants Somaliland to be part of a united country. But the territory, which has been a haven of peace compared with the chaos and bloodshed in the country’s south, is seeking international recognition. The international community is urging the sides to find a negotiated solution.
Source: TODAY’S ZAMAN