SOMALILAND: Why We Should be at the Commonwealth Summit

Students in Hargeisa

Somaliland shares the Commonwealth’s challenges and values. Its lack of participation is a missed opportunity, argues the Republic’s Foreign Minister. By Saad Ali Shire This week, leaders from the 53 member-states of the Commonwealth are gathering in London for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Representatives from across Africa, Asia, …

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SOMALILAND: Poet Jailed for Somalia Reunification Poetry


A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has sentenced a young poet to three years in jail. Nacima Qorane was found guilty of bringing the state into contempt by advocating for Somaliland to reunite with Somalia. Pressure groups in Somaliland said Ms Qorane’s basic human rights have been violated. …

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UAE Accepts Somaliland Passport

By Goth Mohamed Goth The United Arab Emirates have accepted citizens traveling with Somaliland passport can enter into her country and further allowed that the UAE can issue visas with Somaliland travel documents. The United Arab Emirates, which is an international trade hub and a trade center that connects the …

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Somaliland’s Location is its Wealth, Says President

Muse Bihi

The first priority for me is the question of statehood ¬– gaining recognition for Somaliland Hargeisa, Somaliland: “We are seeking to exploit what belongs to us: our natural resources,” said Muse Bihi Abdi, the President of Somaliland, a self-declared independent republic in the Horn of Africa. “And we are trying …

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AP Interview: Somaliland President Defends UAE Military Deal

By Malak Harb, Associated Press HERGEISA, Somaliland — Somalia’s breakaway northern region of Somaliland declared its independence nearly three decades ago, but despite having its own currency, parliament and military the predominantly Muslim country hasn’t been recognized by any foreign government. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi is hoping to change …

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‘In Somaliland, we Manage our Own Affairs’: Foreign Minister

Sacad Ali Shire

Self-declared republic campaigning to gain full recognition by the international community Hargeisa, Somaliland: “To be sovereign, you don’t need to be recognised,” says Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire, the foreign minister of Somaliland. Shire has the bearing of university professor, and chooses his words carefully.  “You are in Somaliland, not Somalia. …

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