The Somaliland Diplomatic Ties and Achievement Achieved Its Ministry Of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

Gulaid Yusuf Idaan

Somaliland, a self-declared republic located in the Horn of Africa, has made significant progress in its foreign affairs over the past few years. Despite not being recognized as an independent state by the international community, Somaliland has managed to establish diplomatic relations with several countries, and its efforts to gain recognition continue to yield positive results.

One of the most significant diplomatic achievements of Somaliland in recent years has been the establishment of ties with the United States. In 2020, the U.S. government announced that it would be opening a diplomatic mission in Somaliland, marking the first time that the U.S. has had a formal presence in the country since it gained independence. This move was welcomed by the Somaliland government, which has been working for years to establish a relationship with the U.S. and other major world powers.

The U.S. diplomatic mission in Somaliland has several important goals. First, it will work to promote economic development in the country, helping to spur growth and create jobs. Second, it will provide support for Somaliland’s efforts to build strong democratic institutions, including free and fair elections, independent media, and a robust civil society. Third, it will help to improve security and stability in the region, by working with Somaliland’s government and its neighbors to combat terrorism and other threats.

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In addition to its efforts with the United States, Somaliland has been working to establish diplomatic ties with other countries around the world. It has opened diplomatic missions in several African and Middle Eastern countries, including Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the United Arab Emirates. These relationships have been important in promoting economic and political ties with other countries, as well as in raising Somaliland’s profile on the international stage.

Somaliland has also been successful in its efforts to cultivate ties with African nations. In 2020, it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ethiopia to strengthen economic, cultural, and security cooperation. The agreement aimed to enhance trade and investment between the two countries and foster cultural exchange. Somaliland has also been engaging with other African nations, including Djibouti, Kenya, and Uganda, to promote regional integration and collaboration.

Somaliland’s efforts to gain recognition as an independent state have also been gaining momentum. In 2020, the United States announced that it would be reopening its diplomatic mission in Somaliland, which had been closed for almost three decades. While the move was not explicitly aimed at recognizing Somaliland’s independence, it was seen as a positive step in the right direction. The decision was also seen as a recognition of Somaliland’s stability and democracy, which have set it apart from the rest of Somalia.

Another significant development was the decision by the UK to appoint a special envoy to Somaliland in 2021. The move was seen as a sign of the UK’s growing interest in the region and its recognition of Somaliland’s strategic importance. The envoy’s role is to promote the UK’s engagement with Somaliland and to support its efforts to gain recognition as an independent state.

Gulaid Yusuf Idaan

In conclusion, Somaliland has made significant progress in its foreign affairs over the past few years. Its efforts to establish diplomatic ties with other countries, expand its network of allies, and gain recognition as an independent state has yielded positive results. While there is still a long way to go, Somaliland’s

the government remains committed to pursuing its diplomatic goals and forging partnerships that will benefit its people and the wider region.

Gulaid Yusuf Idaan (@Guiled2)

Senior lecturer, research, and Youth Activist in the Horn of Africa for the mobilization and empowerment of Young people in the Horn of Africa