Awdalpress(Hargaysa) 30 Jan,13–Somaliland leader Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo on Wednesday lauded the recent U.S government’s move to recognize the newly elected Somali government headed by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
In his annual speech to his regional parliament, Silanyo said his administration welcomes the U.S decision to recognize the current Somali government.
‘’We are not feeling bad (about the recognition) and we will not be selfish of anything that is of important to the Somali people in terms of peace and development,” said Silanyo.
Silanyo said the U.S recognition of Somalia will not strain their relation with the U.S government, adding that Washington has assured them that its new deal with Mogadishu will not affect U.S activities in his region.
The US government has earlier this month officially recognised Somalia’s government in Mogadishu after more than 20 years.
The move is expected to pave the way for US and international economic aid for the Horn of Africa nation.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the news at a meeting in Washington with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The US has never formally cut diplomatic ties with Somalia.
But the 1993 Black Hawk Down incident, when 18 American servicemen were killed after militia fighters shot two US military helicopters out of the sky, marked the country’s descent into anarchy.
Mr Mohamud’s government was fostered by a UN-backed and regionally supported effort to end nearly two decades of fighting.
The US does not currently have an embassy in Somalia, but officials indicated that was a possibility in the future.
Somaliland broke away in 1991 and wants to be a separate country – but it has not been internationally recognized while Mogadishu wants the northern territory to be part of a single Somali state.
Since declaring its independence, Somaliland has enjoyed relative peace in contrast to the rest of Somalia, which has been plagued by conflict.
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