The US Department of State has rejected the latest request for recognition by the leader of self-declared republic of Somaliland.
Although secessionist from Somalia more than 30 years ago, Somaliland is still not recognized as an independent state by the African Union or the United Nations.
Its president Muse Bihi Abdi is on a charm offensive in the US where he made a passionate plea for international recognition as a nation state.
He said 10 years of unification talks with Somalia “had achieved nothing”.
“Somaliland believes that the international community has a moral obligation to support Somaliland’s pursuit of international recognition,” he said.
The US Department of State said it welcomed the meeting with Mr Bihi and the discussions on “strengthening US engagement with Somaliland within the framework of our single Somalia policy”.