HARGEISA–The Head of State of the Republic of Somaliland H.E Musa Bihi Abdi has hosted a presidential dinner in honor of the visiting writers, researchers and artist gracing the Hargeisa International Book Fair, Somaliland News Agency (SOLNA).
The national dinner was held at the presidential palace. The head of state was flanked by some members of his cabinet, politicians and the chairman of Hargeisa Cultural Centre Mr.Jama Musa Jama. The Cultural Centre hosted the international book fair.
Speeches were made highlighting the development milestone Somaliland had stridden without any outside help. Also in attendance were hundreds of foreigners who had come to Somaliland for the first time others the second or third tour. Those on their maiden tour were perplexed by Somaliland culture of hospitality to guests.
The chairman of Hargeisa Cultural Centre who was first to speak at the venue said that his centre is doing all in her power to sell Somaliland to the world as the heartbeat of culture. He added the Hargeisa Cultural Centre vision is to market Somaliland as a safe haven for peace, security and prosperity. He went on to say the centre will make sure that visitors to Somaliland understand that the country is open to business.
The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation Mr.Sa’ad Ali Shire assured the visitors that Somaliland is a country at peace with herself and famous for hospitality to visitors. He added that Somaliland had striven hard to develop from the ram shackles to create a stable prosperous country.
The presidents wholeheartedly welcomed the visitors to Somaliland informing them that the country has persevered and now reap the fruits of development in spite of not being recognized by the international community.
“I take this precious opportunity to welcome you to Somaliland a country that is at peace. Somaliland is a country that loves international peace and development and wants to be one of the nations of the world. Our nation is democratic and aspires to join the global community as an independent sovereign state. Currently Somaliland is unrecognized however it has recognized itself and one day the world will follow suit.
The president told the visitors that Somaliland has built peace from scratch and has experience in peace building and conflict resolution. “Somaliland started rebuilding from zero and without outside help however the lack of international recognition is setting it apart. For instance Somaliland experience as a peace builder could go a long way to help our neighbor Somalia to quell the anarchy in her doorsteps.”
The president said that Somaliland will always prioritize peace and good neighborhood with her neighbors and the international community as a whole.