December 5, 2022

Top Biden officials in Africa meet with President Muse Bihi Abdi of Somaliland, discuss security

Then, Commanding General Stephen J. Townsend of the Army Traning and Doctrine Command observes cadet training at Camp Buckner, 02 Aug, 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. U.S. Army photo by Michael Lopez
Then, Commanding General Stephen J. Townsend of the Army Traning and Doctrine Command observes cadet training at Camp Buckner, 02 Aug, 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. U.S. Army photo by Michael Lopez

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, along with Larry E. André, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, met with Muse Bihi Abdi, President of Somaliland, in Hargeisa, Somalia, on May 12, 2022, and discussed a wide range of issues, including what they described as “expanded and enriched partnership with Somaliland.”

“The leaders discussed expanded and enriched partnership with Somaliland, as with Federal Member States, consistent with the U.S. “single Somalia” policy and in line with Somalia’s constitution,” the U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.

The Command added that following the meeting in Hargeisa, André and Townsend traveled to Berbera “to view an airfield that U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa assessed last summer.”

“That assessment and this visit are a part of routine efforts to assess potential operating locations to be able to prepare for contingencies, exercise readiness or adjust force posture as needed,” it added.

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