EXCLUSIVE: US ambassador says Bihi’s go to received’t upset Washington’s stance on Somalia


EXCLUSIVE: US ambassador says Bihi’s go to received’t upset Washington’s stance on Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia- US envoy: Bihi’s go to won’t upset Washington’s place on Somalia

US Ambassador Larry Andre stated North Western of Somalialeader Muse Bihi’s journey to Washington this week won’t have an effect on his nation’s stance on Somalia. Mr. Bihi, chief of the self-proclaimed unbiased area that no different sovereign state acknowledges, is on a tour of Washington this week as a part of an invite to ship a keynote handle to the Heritage Foundation.

But Mr André instructed Axadlein an interview that whereas Washington respects the achievements of the breakaway area, it treats North Western of Somalialike every other federal state in Somalia.

Here are excerpts from the transient interview Axadlehad with Ambassador André.

North Western of SomaliaPresident Muse Bihi Abdi visited the United States on what was stated to be an official invitation from the US authorities or the State Department. Is there any reality to this report, is Muse Bihi in Washington on an official US invitation?

No. Muse Bihi, president of the Somali area of Somaliland, is visiting Washington DC on his initiative. He will likely be greeted by Ms. Molly Phee, our Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, the United States’ high diplomat for Africa. We respect the achievements of the North Western of Somaliaregion by way of democratic governance, financial improvement and safety. We work on widespread targets with the authorities of North Western of Somaliajust as we do with the Federal Member States of Somalia.

Q: Axadlehas acquired reviews that [Somaliland ministers] Mohamad Kaahin and Saleebaan Koore have been denied visas to enter the United States on account of the deportation of Somali residents from Bay and Bakool from Laas-anood final yr. They each acquired visas later. What occurred?

A: Under our regulation, the standing of an particular person’s visa file can’t be shared publicly.

Q: You have been beforehand US Ambassador to Djibouti. Djibouti organized the Arta convention and the primary Somali elections after the civil warfare, emphasizing Somali unity. What is the United States’ view of Somali unity?

A: The United States acknowledges the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Somalia https://www.state.gov/us-relations-with-somalia/ inside its historic borders, which embrace the area of Somaliland. We regard the query of the standing of North Western of Somaliaas a matter for the individuals of Somalia (together with Somaliland) to make your mind up. As Ambassador to Djibouti, I used to be invited to attend as an observer the June 2020 talks in Djibouti between delegations from Hargeisa and Mogadishu. I recall that the 2 events have agreed to work collectively to advertise the pursuits of all Somalis within the territory of historic Somalia, thereby constructing mutual belief and selling reconciliation and an eventual standing settlement.


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