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No: 197, 10 July 2013, Press Release Regarding the Second Round of Talks between Somalia and Somaliland

The second round of the talks between Somalia and Somaliland was hosted in Istanbul by H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, between 7 and 9 July 2013. The delegations were led by H.E. Mr. Abdulkarim Guled, Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Somalia and H.E. Mr. Mohamed Omar, Minister of Trade and International Investment of Somaliland. A communiqué on the issues agreed upon was adopted at the end of the meeting. The communiqué provides that the body which will jointly control the airspace of Somalia and Somaliland will be established in Hargeisa, that the talks will continue and that the next round will be held in Turkey within 120 days.

Turkey welcomes these new steps taken in the progress of relations between the governments of Somalia and Somaliland. Turkey will continue to provide every kind of support to the parties in this negotiation process.