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Djibouti summons Bihi following a fiber optic internet cable agreement

DJIBOUTI-The President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Adi alongside his delegation arrived in Djibouti today, and they were received by the President of Djibouti, Ismail Omare Guelleh, at the presidential palace.

Reports from the meeting indicate that the two presidents discussed strategies in strengthening the enduring ties between the two countries, and easing collaborations in trade and commerce between them.

The President of Somaliland was accompanied by a delegation including the Minister of Interior Affairs, Mohamed Kahin Ahmed, Minister of Trade, Tourism and Factories, Mohamud Hassan Sa’ad, and the Minister of Information and Communications, Saleban Yusuf Ali Koore.

The honorable attendees from the Djibouti Government in the meeting were the Minister of Interior Affairs, Said Nuh Hassan, the Minister of Commerce, Mohamed Warsame Diriye, the Minister of Information and Communication, Ridwan Abdillahi Bahdoon, and the General Director of the Presidency, Almis Mohamed Abdillahi.

The presidency of Djibouti has an unofficial and somewhat scrupulous trade, economic stake and influence in Somaliland, even though it does not recognize the breakaway region.

Djibouti’s presidency has also been accused by that country’s and Somaliland opposition of using the country’s funds to finance illicit trade and predatory business practises, enabled by the successive Kulmiye regimes.

The visit comes days after the Somaliland government backed a deal that pushed a fiber optic internet sharing agreement, that could negatively effect Djibouti.

Djibouti, which is also at loggerheads with the Somali federal government, and is said to be utilising Somaliland to optically pressure Villa Somalia.

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