In the first US trip by a sitting Somaliland leader since President Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo in 2013, Bihi secured meetings with top Joe Biden administration officials and members of Congress. The visit caps a months-long campaign to boost bilateral ties with the United States and other countries amid continued political instability in Somalia, conflict in Ethiopia and Sudan, worsening drought and increasing Chinese influence in the region.
“Through my consultations with the Biden Administration, Members of Congress and American business and civil society leaders this week, I am more confident than ever in the future of the US-Somaliland partnership,” Bihi said in a statement shared by Somaliland’s US lobbying firm, FGH Holdings (formerly the Glover Park Group). FGH has represented the Somaliland Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since 2018 and is paid $22,000 per
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