Denmark Ambassador meets Somaliland President and Opposition parties To discuss election delays

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Denmark Ambassador Mette Knudsen meet with Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi
Denmark Ambassador Mette Knudsen meet with Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi

By: Hassan Jama, Horndiplomat Contributor

Danish delegation led by the Denmark Ambassador to Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and the Seychelle Mette Knudsen arrives in Somaliland on Tuesday.

The delegation to discuss the importance of parliamentary and local elections with stakeholders, including government, political parties, and civil society.

The president of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi received in his office Denmark Ambassador to Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and the Seychell Mette Knudsen accompanied by Deputy Mission Ms Nina Berg.

During the meeting, President Bihi and Denmark Ambassador discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to the elections, Denmark‘s involvement in Somaliland development fund as well as other development cooperation between the two countries, regional security and the dynamics in the Horn of Africa.

On 11 September 2019, The UK signed an agreement with the government of Somaliland and Denmark to support the implementation of Phase II of the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF2) programme, which aims to improve lives of local people through the delivery of essential public services.

SDF2 (£25 million, 2018 to 2022), will be delivered in partnership with the Somaliland government to promote long-term stability in the region. It will include building of critical infrastructure, such as roads, water systems and agricultural facilities, and will also help build capacity within Somaliland’s institutions. The new programme which is aligned to Somaliland’s National Development Plan II (NDPII) will build on the achievements of the original SDF (2013 to 2018) programme.

Denmark Ambassador meets Somaliland Opposition parties UCID and Waddani
Denmark Ambassador meets Somaliland Opposition parties UCID and Waddani

Meanwhile, The Danish Ambassador also met the Somaliland Opposition Parties Waddani and UCID and discussed the importance of parliamentary and local elections and the Possible ways to resolve the current standoff between Political parties and Government.

This is a developing story, Please check back at the Horndiplomat for Updates.

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