A ‘miracle in a sea of difficulty’, says UK minister on Somaliland

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Indeed it is a remarkable success story, Rory Stewart adds


By M.A. Egge

The British government has acknowledged the republic of Somaliland as a “miracle in a sea of difficulty” hence pledged their constant support for the miracle country.
The sentiments were contained on Thursday in the UK House of Commons’ answer given by Hon. Rory Stewart to Hon. Stephen Doughty.
The state minister for International Development was responding to the Cardiff South and Penarth MP who happens to be both the House of Commons All Party’s Parliamentary Group (APPG) secretary on Somaliland and also a member of Friends of Somaliland forum.
The friend of Somaliland MP sought to know what the UK government would do for Somaliland as concerns negative effects of the climate change, on supportive efforts for its upcoming elections and whether he would meet with the APPG to delve into the issues and discuss about Somaliland as a whole.
Hon. Doughty also reminded the House that they had recently welcomed Somaliland’s finance minister.
In his answer it is noteworthy to mention that Hon. Stewart pointed out the fact that Somaliland as known to ALL members of the UK parliamentary members was a remarkable success story and that he had already met the Somaliland President in person. He put in juxtaposition in his phrase Somalia vis-à-vis Somaliland pin pointing the fact that “as Somalia itself was in difficulties, Somaliland is a miracle in a sea” of those difficulties; indeed an apt differentiation.
He convictionally pledged the continued support for Somaliland in the upcoming elections while reminding the MPs that they did support the same issue in all the past electioneering processes.
He affirmed looking forward to meeting delightedly the APPG group secretary to discussed Somaliland. While Doughty is a major supporter of Somaliland, the country got a further jot in the arm when top Brexiteer who transformed the party he headed from UKIP to Brexit Nigel Farage just called for the international recognition of Somaliland soon after Eurosceptics swept the board of MEP elections a couple of week ago, the newly formed Brexit party amongst them.


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