Hargeisa (SD) – The leaders of Somaliland and Somalia discussed the federal governments decision to ban flights to Hargeisa, according to a prominent Somaliland politician.
“Reliable sources have confirmed that President Bihi and President Farmajo spoke on the phone to discuss ways lift the blockade on Somaliland’s airspace, or at least to mitigate it.” Said Mohamed Harun Bihi on a Facebook post.
The source also confirmed for Mohamed Harun that “It is likely that, things will change in the coming weeks and that limited flights will arrive in Hargeisa.”
The post comes after two international flights to Hargeisa were affected by a ban on all Somalia pound flights, including those to Somaliland by the federal government of Somalia, due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Somaliland and Somalia agreed in 2013 to take back the country’s airspace from the UN, and that Hargeisa will be its control centre.
However, in 2017 Farmajo’s government unilaterally decided to move the airspace centre to Mogadishu.
Neither Somaliland nor Somalia directly commented on the current ban or the reported conversations of the two presidents.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi met in Addis Ababa in February 11, 2020, their unexpected meeting led to political uproar in Hargeisa and a subsequent Farmajo trip to Hargeisa was canceled.