Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, is reported to have held talks with officials from the northern breakaway region of Somaliland during the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels, Belgium. Sources say President Farmajo met with Somaliland’s Opposition leader, Faisal Ali Warabe and former President of the now-defunct Khatumo State, Ali Khalif Galayr, and discussed a wide range of issues.
Warabe, who is the chairman of Justice and Welfare (UCID) party, said the meeting which took place on the sidelines of the partnership forum, focused on ways to working as a team towards Somalia’s development. He revealed that the talks also touched on the escalating tension between Somaliland and Puntland in Tukaraq village, in the northern Sool region. To date the conflict has claimed lives of many.
President Farmajo and members of the international community have in the past urged the warring regional administrations to end their hostilities through dialogue. The tension in Tukaraq emerged last January after Somaliland forces captured the town from Puntland troops following a battle that led to hundreds of families abandoning their homes.