Conakry(SD)-Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, arrived early Wednesday afternoon in the Guinean capital where he was greeted by his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Condé, at the international airport of Conakry-Gbessia.
Djibouti president’s reception overall was lower and not as significant as that of President Muse Bihi Abdi.
Guinea’s President, in his welcome speech, highlighted the fact that the two countries do not have a political relationship, and that the Djiboutian president has traveled to Guinea for seven hours.
In diplomatic terms, it’s is to say the Djibouti president’s visit was not warranted not to mention baffling.
President Alpha Conde said that he is aware of Djibouti President’s federalist efforts in Somalia.
A point previously made by the Chairman of Somaliland’s opposition UCID party Faisal Ali Warabe.
Guinea’s president Alpha Conde continued to say that he knew during former Somalia dictator Siyad Barre tenure Somalia was powerful country.
President Conde during his speech noted that he is aware that Djibouti troops are in Somalia, and that Ismail Omar Guelleh is seeking a federal government in Somalia.
President Conde said he was also aware of recent back to back invitations of President Guelleh to the presidents of Somalia and Somaliland, with the intent to mediate.
The UCID Chairman Faisal Ali Warabe rejected that offer of Mediation, and declared Djibouti a political enemy of Somaliland, a rejection echowed by lots Somalilanders.
On the other hand, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde noted the good work accomplished by President Ismail Omar Guelleh after his Uncle Hasan Guled Abtidon handed the power over to him.
Guinean president’s remarks show that the purpose of the Djibouti president’s trip was only to under mind the successful trip to Guinea by the Somaliland president Muse Bihi.
Somaliland President Muse Bihi was on a state visit to the West African nation of Guinea in July of this year, on invitation by President Alpha Conde.
The president of Djibouti, whose trip now appears to be an embarrassment, yielded no political success.
Somalia announced that it’s cutting ties with Guinea after President Bihi’s official visit there, Somalia like Djibouti never had diplomatic ties with the West African Nation.
It is clear that Guinea, despite not recognizing Somaliland officially, has great respect for the government of Somaliland and the current Kulmiye government should continue to build on the successful Somaliland president’s visit to that country.