The Somali Government has agreed to encourage international aid and development for Somaliland. Somaliland will of course continue to engage directly with the donor community on its own development needs, including through direct contact with diplomatic and other interlocutors in Hargeisa. Cooperation on security was an important part of the discussion. Somaliland believes that sharing intelligence and training will help the security forces of both countries to fight the scourge of terrorism, jihadism and piracy, and to address illegal fishing, toxic waste dumping, and maritime and serious crime, which have a detrimental impact on the lives of the people in the Horn of Africa. Somaliland hopes that in the future, the Dialogue can widen its focus beyond security issues to examine trade and investment as well.
In addition, the dialogue is mandated to clarify the relations between the two countries, in line with the Final Communiqué of the London Conference on Somalia. Somaliland’s view is that the dialogue's initial phase should focus on issues of practical cooperation, and to building trust between the parties before addressing the more fundamental issue of the two countries' sovereign relations. Somaliland looks forward to the next round of talks, due to be held in Istanbul within 90 days.
17 June 2013
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland