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President Bihi: Somaliland army will not leave Sool region

Tuesday January 31, 2023


Hargeisa (HOL) - Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi reiterated that the Somaliland army would not leave the Sool region, expressing hope that the ongoing meeting in Las Anod would lead to positive results.

In a televised speech in Hargeisa on Monday, President Muse Bihi said that his administration was ready to deal with any situation in a brotherly manner to restore peace in the region.

"I hope that whatever traditional leaders and elders agree to in Las Anod will result in peace, as is expected of every traditional meeting," President Bihi said.

The President stated that the intelligentsia of Las Anod had been convinced that the government of Somaliland had been hunting the people of Las Anod, which he denied. 

Bihi added that the government would publicly reveal the culprits behind the spate of assassinations. 

The President blamed the chaos in Las Anod on an unnamed terrorist group and urged the people of the Sool region to work for peace, emphasizing that "The Somaliland army is protecting its country from the enemy."

Most of the traditional leaders from the Sool, Sanaag and Ayn regions gathered in Las Anod over the weekend to discuss the future of their territory.

The Speaker of the Somaliland House of Representatives, Abdirisaaq Khalif Ahmed, also hoped the ongoing SSC conference in Las Anod would not cause Somaliland any significant problems.


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