April 30, 2011 ·9 Comments
KUWAIT CITY — President Ahmed M. Silanyo and his high-level delegation met with Somaliland expatriates residing in Kuwait during a reception thrown by the community there on Friday night.
The President thanked the 150 or so participants for their warm host and stressed the high importance of having strategic relations between the government and Somaliland expats around the world. Mr Silanyo also accepted an award and thanked them for it. “I welcome wholeheartedly your gesture for giving me this order (achievements) that I received on behalf of my administration, country and people,” he said.
The president then briefly laid out the agenda of their trip and drew attention to the fact that Arab nations who were in the past hostile were now keen on entering a new phase of mutually beneficial cooperation and bilateral ties with Somaliland. He emphasized the importance of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the two countries he has been touring for the past two weeks. He said this is only the first phase and expressed the desire to establish cordiality and friendship with the Arab world.
Dr Mohamed Abdullahi Omar, the Foreign Minister, who also addressed the jubilant people spoke of his foreign policies and Somaliland’s new relations with the outside world. He pointed out that it was important for Somaliland to enter into strategic partnerships with the international community including the Arab world.
Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Dahir, Presidential Spokesman, outlined the administrations performance since taking the leadership in July 2010. He said they were in office for 274 days while accusing the previous government of leaving them with a lot of mess to clean up. He insisted he was pleased with the Government’s progress in key areas.
After brief questioning, the leaders of Kuwait’s Somaliland community took their opportunity to thank the President and his delegation. They thanked them for the manner which they carried themselves, the Somaliland name and the people of Somaliland during their visit to the Gulf nations.
All in all, both sides regarded the meeting productive and important interaction. Kuwait is home to roughly 4,000 Somaliland expatriates who lived in the Kingdom for over three decades.
Somaliland is a former British protectorate that gained independence June 1960. It was formally recognized for few days as the State of Somaliland before unifying with the Trust Territory of Somalia (the former Italian Somaliland) forming what became known as the Somali Republic. However the union went sour and the Somali republic collapsed in 1991 after two decades of internationally-hidden civil war. Shortly after, Somaliland declared the restoration of its sovereignty, it has not regained international recognition.
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