Mogadishu (SD) – The government of Djibouti has jointly invited Somalia’s Prime Minister and the President of Somaliland to the inauguration ceremony of President Guelleh.
The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble today left for Djibouti to attend the inauguration of Ismail Omar Guelleh.
“FGS Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and a delegation led by him have left for Djibouti to attend the inauguration of Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh.” a statement from Roble’s office.
Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi also traveled to Djibouti today, where he will attend the inauguration of Ismail Omar Guelleh, who will be sworn in as Djiboutian president tomorrow.
“high-caliber delegation led by the president of the Republic of Somaliland H.E Muse Bihi Abdi departed to Djibouti after receiving an official invitation from his counterpart, the president of Djibouti, H.E Ismail Omar Guelleh.” a statement from the Somaliland presidency said.
Djibouti’s official invitation to Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi will not please Somali government, as it sees Somaliland as a part of Somalia.
The Somaliland government, meanwhile, sees the invitation as a step towards independence.
The move comes as Somalia have not had good relations with Djibouti in recent years, accusing Djibouti of political interference and siding with Kenya over border issues.
Djibouti similarly invited both Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Somaliland President Ahmed Silanyo to attend the inauguration of Ismail Omar Guelleh in 2016.
Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh has won an opposition boycotted presidential election for the fifth time in April.
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