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Somalia, Somaliland leaders hold talks in Turkey

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo (left), Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (center) and Turkey PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo (Ibrahim Baafo, HOL)

Saturday, April 13, 2013 

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and President of the autonomous region of Somaliland Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo hold the second round of talks, brokered by Turkey, in Ankara on Saturday, APA reports.

Turkish diplomatic sources said the talks were aimed at devising dialogue channels and keeping them open to work out problems between Somalia and the autonomous region of Somaliland.

No statement was released after the closed-door meeting. The two presidents were also scheduled to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish President Abdullah Gul after the meeting.

Somaliland declared independence in 1991 from the Federal Republic of Somalia. Since then, the autonomous region seeks recognition as a separate country, which was rejected by Somalia.

Under the mediation of Turkey, earlier this year, the two sides agreed to meet in Turkey to seek dialogue to improve relations.

Source: APA

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