Turkey seeks to mediate Somalia and Somaliland

Turkey seeks to mediate Somalia and Somaliland

MOGADISHU, Somalia –The newly appointed Turkey’s ambassador to Somalia, Mehmet Yilmaz has paid unannounced visit to Somaliland, a self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia.

Amb. Yilmaz received a warm welcome from Somaliland authorities in the capital of Hargeisa, a day after UK defense secretary paid a visit to Somaliland.

Yilmaz held talks with Mouse Bihi, the president of breakaway region of Somaliland, discussing on role in the efforts to end Somalia and Somaliland conflict, according to sources, who asked to be anonymous.

Yilmaz’s visit comes after Turkey has nominated its former ambassador to Somalia to be special envoy for Somalia-Somaliland on-off dialogue.

Turkey has been seeking monitoring role in the efforts to end Somalia and Somaliland conflict since 2012.

Last month, Somalia’s Ambassador to Turkey Jama A Mohamed welcomed Turkey’s efforts to facilitate Somalia and Somaliland talks.

However, Somaliland proclaimed independence from the rest of Somalia after the collapse of the central government of Somalia led by the late Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Despite restoring peace in its region, but Somaliland has failed to secure international recognition.