BRUSSELS—Somaliland government has opened its consular office in Brussels, Belgium capital to strengthen bilateral ties with the European Union (EU).
The diplomatic mission was officially opened in a ceremony attended by Somaliland’s foreign affairs minister, Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, A long-time campaigner for national self-determination, Kidderminster MEP James Carver, SL head of liaison office in Brussels and other invited guests.
The opening of new liaison office in Brussels is expected to cement the existing bilateral relations between Somaliland and the European Union. This marks the tenth diplomatic mission that Somaliland has established in overseas since its inception in 1991.
Somaliland, a country in the Horn of Africa broke away from Somalia in 1991 after the collapse of its central government. Unfortunately, it has not been officially recognized as an independent state but as de facto. It has diplomatic presence in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, UK and the EU headquarters in Brussels. Somaliland’s Foreign Policy remained recessive since the current FM was appointed to the cabinet portfolio during ex-Somaliland president’s administration. Many political experts and foreign affairs protagonists point an accusatory finger on the FM blaming that Somaliland does not have a clear foreign policy strategy in engaging with the international community.
SL allies and its friends around the world are about to arrive in the country in order to attend a high level conference proposed by the incumbent president to establish a network of friends that support Somaliland’s quest of an international recognition.
Ex-president the late Egal used to put in place a policy of unilateralism which he did not want to engage with its Somalia counterpart. His successor, the ex-Somaliland president Dahir Rayale also followed the foot steps of his predecessor, the late Somaliland president by not initiating talks with Somalia.
Somaliland politics took a different direction once former Somaliland president Ahmed Silanyo came to power and changed the way where Somaliland held talks with Somalia after the Somalia conference in 2012.