On February 23, a delegation from the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu led by Chargé d’Affaires Tim Trenkle visited Hargeisa to meet with Somaliland government officials, civil society representatives, and youth leaders to discuss security, prosperity, and democracy in the region.
The delegation was received by Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi. The Chargé d’Affaires reiterated the United States and international community’s call for an immediate, unconditional ceasefire in Lascanood and condemned the tragic loss of life and violence. They also discussed efforts toward a consensus-based electoral process and the timely conduct of elections.
The delegation also met with diverse political, civil society, and youth leaders on shared priorities, including democratic participation and inclusion. Members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network and alumni of the YALI Regional Leadership Center shared how the initiative contributes to youth and community development in Somaliland.