LONDON, (Somalilandpress) — After holding successful meeting with American officials and Somaliland Diaspora in the US, KULMIYE’s top diplomat, Dr. Mohamed A Omar, has arrived in London on Friday and said his party is best placed in advancing Somaliland’s interest on the international stage.
Speaking to the media on his arrival, Dr Omar stated that the delegation led by KULMIYE’s Chairman, Mr. Ahmed Silanyo, of which he was a part of, was warmly received by the Obama administration, Congressman Donald Payne, US aid agencies and institutions in Washington.
He added that the discussions they had with the US officials mainly focused on Somaliland’s need for economic and political support and finding a viable solution to the security issue in the region – Horn of Africa.
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KULMIYE’s Foreign Affairs Spokesman said that their delegation had presented their foreign and security policy initiatives to the US officials ahead of Somaliland’s upcoming presidential election and had asked for increased US aid to Somaliland.
“In a well attended conference held in Washington in honour of the delegation, Mr. Silanyo has talked about Somaliland’s achievements as well as challenges ahead, and requested the international community to double the support it gives to his country,” Dr Omar told reporters.
While in Washington, the delegation has met with the former US Assistant Secretary of State, Hon. Princeton Lyman, Congressman Donald Payne, Mr. David Shinn, former US ambassador to Ethiopia, senior officials from US-AID and State Department as well as members from the Foreign Relations Council and the National Endowment for Democracy.
In a concluding statement, Mr. Omar said that he was astonished by President Rayale’s accusation of the American administration and Congressman Payne of being anti-Somaliland. He completely rejected the accusation and said both the US administration and Donald Payne are friends of Somaliland.
He added that Kulmiye party has ties of friendship and cooperation with the United States and the international community and thus Kulmiye foreign policy is best placed in advancing the interest of the Somaliland people regionally and internationally.
Source: Somalilandpress, Saturday 23 January 2010