Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 28, 2012 (SL Times) Ė The US
representative to Somalia, James Swan, arrived in Somaliland this week.
Mr Swan held talks with Somaliland officials.
After the talks, Mr Swan gave a press conference at Ambassador Hotel. He
said this is his first visit to Somaliland since 1996 and that he has
noticed change and progress. He pointed out that his country has good
and direct relations with Somaliland officials and that he had an
opportunity to meet with Americans who work with Somaliland ministries
and the community on democracy and progress. He praised the peace and
security in Somaliland and stressed that his government will do more
towards defeating al-Shabaab terrorists.
Asked about his governmentís position on the coming London conference
for Somalia and the likelihood of Somalilandís participation in it, he
said when it comes to Somalilandís participation, that is something for
Somalilandís government and people to decide, but his government
strongly supports the conference.