Uganda President Yoweri Museveni offered to become a facilitator in the reunification of Somalia with the Republic of Somaliland after more than three decades of separation.
Uganda said on Saturday it would mediate between Somalia and Somaliland to facilitate reunification after a more than three-decade split.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda agreed to take up the role after a visit on Friday by a special envoy from Somaliland, Jama Muse Jama, according to a presidency statement.
“President Museveni agreed to be the unification facilitator between Somaliland and Somalia,” it said.
Dr Jama Musse Jama, the Special Envoy from Somaliland, called on me at State House, Entebbe. We do not support the secession of Somaliland from Somalia because, strategically, it is wrong.
The people face similar challenges regardless of race and religion; hence, they should… pic.twitter.com/9zqiAvuXJ9
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) September 23, 2023
Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for independence. It has been mostly peaceful while Somalia has undergone civil war.
Reunification would potentially strengthen the Horn of African country’s capability to tackle challenges including an insurgency by the Islamist group al Shabaab.
Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne
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