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Somaliland is a credible partner in the fight against terrorism,” said Mr. Omar, adding that no violent extremists are based in his country. “Somaliland is a democratic, Muslim nation in a region with terrorism.”

Although Somaliland is officially unrecognized, dozens of foreign countries have offices in the capital, Hargeisa. Somaliland also is attracting foreign business because of oil and gas reserves.

Mr. Omar met Thursday with Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the third highest-ranking diplomat at the State Department. Mr. Silanyo earlier this week delivered a major speech before the prestigious Atlantic Council.

“The visit has been quite successful,” Mr. Omar said.

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