The government of Guinea apologised to Federal Somali Government and AU Commission over the controversial visit of President of Self-Declared state of Somaliland in a letter that was not circulated to the media, GM understand.
Guinea Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they believed that they ” welcomed Muse Bixi as a Somali Leader, which we assumed both of federal Somali Government and Somaliland Administration are same.
“We ( the Republic of Guinea), unreservedly regretted the decision to invite the president of Somaliland that created diplomatic spat between the two brotherly countries and caused tension in the African continent, and beyond. Particularly, within our AU member states,” a letter they have sent in response to Somalia’s protest read.
The government of Guinea stands firm position towards unity and territorial integrity of Somalia, and we fully recognised the mandate of the people of Somalia lies with the Federal government based in Mogadishu, read the letter.
”We hope this incident will give us a lesson about the silly mistake that led us to welcome Mr Biixi as head of State. We lacked good information over the decision of the leader of the Somaliland Administration institution), and that led us to believe that the whole Somali administrations and central government are in good relation. Unfortunately, that turned opposite of what we assumed. We will take full responsibility of the pain and frustration that caused, and we are guaranteeing to our brothers in Federal Somali Government, this will never happen again,” it added.
Somaliland President, Muse Bihi Abdi is due to return to Hargeisa after the completion of his state visit to Guinea. In response to Somalia’s decision to sever ties with Guinea following the visit by the president of Somaliland, Somaliland said ” The Government of the Republic of Somaliland is deeply alarmed and disheartened by the Government of Somalia’s widening campaign of aggression towards a growing list of African nations.”
Meanwhile, there are ongoing efforts by AU to establish how the situation unfolded between Somalia and the Republic of Guinea. Some reports suggest that AU demanded an explanation of the decision that led to inviting one of the Somali regional leaders as full State Credential by Guinea.
On the 4th of July, Somalia cut all diplomatic relations with Guinea over Somaliland President’s visit. They called the visit as a threat to national unity and reconciliation.