By Goth Mohamed Goth
SomalilandPress-H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo today at the Presidential Palace received the credentials of the new Turkish Ambassador to Somalia/Somaliland Mr. Olga Bekar .
Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affair and International cooperation Hon Mohamed Bihi Younis speaking to the press moments after emerging from the closed door meeting with President Silanyo said Mr. Ambassador, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to Somaliland.
Hon Bihi Yonis went on to say, “Somaliland & Turkey shared long historical relations, during our meeting today we discussed with the ambassador Olga Bekar issues such as the stalled Somaliland and Somalia talks which are very slow and we are not happy with the slowness.
“Somaliland shall not wait for Mogadishu forever instead what we want to see is a conclusion of the talks whereby there will be two separate nations that will live side by side in peace and stability and have healthy relations and as you’re all aware of our goal is to be an independent state ”,Bihi stated.
The FM went on to say, “We have discussed with the ambassador on development projects which at present favors Somalia and that Somaliland should be allocated their equal share when it comes to allotment of development projects given to Mogadishu.
We have also invited our Turkish brothers to come and explore the vast investment opportunities that Somaliland has to offer and we also discussed issues relating to scholarships and how Somaliland students can be allocated equal quotes”, Hon Bihi said.
The new Turkish Ambassador to Somaliland Mr. Olga Bekar said, “We discussed bilateral ties, Somalia and Somaliland talks, and our ties dates back to the 16th century at the peak of Ottoman Empire.
Ambassador Olga Bekar said, “During our meeting with President Silanyo today we discussed ways which our two countries can enhance cooperation in the fields of diplomatic, investment, cultural, economy and education future.
The Turkish envoy admitted that the Somaliland and Somalia talks were moving in a slow pace but the Turkish government was committed to accelerate the process and we expect both governments will open liaison offices in Turkey in the near future.