His Excellency the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Behi Abdi, Monday, flew out of the country to visit the West African country of Guinea (Conakry).
The President, according to the Foreign minister, Professor Yassin Haji Mohamoud Hiir ‘Farattton’, was responding to an official invitation he and his government received from the Guinean President, Alpha Condé.
“Of course the two countries will be discussing matters of mutual interest during its stay in Guinea,” Professor Faratoon said.
On this visit, Minister Faratoon disclosed, the President’s delegation will include himself, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Minister of Finance, Dr Saad Ali Shire, the Minister for Health Development Omar Abdi (Omar Dheere) and a member of the Somaliland Recognition Taskforce, the very formidable Dr Edna Adan Ismail.
The inclusion of the last member and the fact that the delegation was traversing the continent from its eastern tip to its furthest west, implied loads but, however, neither the press probed nor answers were volunteered.
Minister Faratoon, on a separate note, speaking, of Somalia completely taking over the Somaliland airspace, said it was regrettable that the caretaker international agency – ICAO – went in cahoots with Somalia transferring management to it unfairly and without taking all possible ramifications into account.
Again the media failed to ask him why the government did not challenge the transfer process which had been on for the past two to three years and so abundantly covered by both local and international media.
Guinea borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west. On land, it shares borders with Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. Its population is estimated at 12.7 million and has a total area of 245,720 Km2 (94,873 sq. miles). 39.8 % of the population is urban (5,328,964 people in 2019).