Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi to Make First Visit to US

Muse Bihi
Muse Bihi Abdi, of Somaliland speaks during a news conference in his office in Hargeysa, in northern Somalia's semi-autonomous Somaliland region, October 10, 2018. Picture taken October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

HARGEISA (Somaliguardian) – Muse Bihi Abdi is due to pay a visit to the United States in March, the first since he was elected President in late 2017, Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs Eise Keyd said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a parliament hearing in Hargeisa, Keyd said the visit follows the arrival of US congressional staff delegation in Hargeisa, whose members held talks with the officials of the self-proclaimed state, including the President Muse Bihi.

Bihi’s anticipated visit comes amid dispute with opposition parties, which won majority in last year’s parliamentary elections, over an announcement to register new political associations, a move Waddani and Ucid parties have described as a tactic to delay the upcoming presidential vote.

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