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Somalia, Somaliland release a joint statement on talks

DJIBOUTI (SD) – A joint statement was released today summarizing the talks held yesterday and today in Djibouti between the President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the outgoing President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi.

Key points agreed upon by President Hassan Sheikh and Muse Bihi include initiating discussions and resuming talks within 30 days, with both parties meeting at a mutually agreed location.

It was also agreed that the Federal Government of Somalia and the administration of Somaliland should implement the agreements that both parties have already reached with the countries of Turkey, England and Djibouti.

The joint statement further emphasizes a commitment to comprehensive cooperation on security matters, combating terrorism and transnational crimes, and working together in regions affected by conflict to achieve lasting peace.

On the other hand, The President of Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni, has expressed his opposition to the meeting between the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, held in Djibouti.

“We reject and condemn the Djibouti talks. It is unacceptable that discussions about Somalia are taking place without Puntland being present,” said President Deni.

Deni made these remarks during a ceremony where he announced his candidacy for re-election as the president of Puntland, which took place in Garowe.

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