March 3, 2010 ·2 Comments
CANBERRA, (Somalilandpress) — Representatives of Somaliland Community in Australia have met with officials from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra on Tuesday, Hadhwanaagnews reports.
Leaders of two community organizations, Somaliland Society of Australia in Melbourne and Somaliland Community of Australia in Sydney, discussed number of issues with the officials of Department of Foreign Relations including how the Australian government can participate in social and economic development in Somaliland in particular in the areas of health and education.
Somaliland Parliamentarian, Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Raygal, who is visiting the country, led the Somaliland delegation and community leaders in the meeting. This is the first meeting between Somaliland community with Australian government since Kevin Rudd’s Labour Party came to power.
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The Somaliland community in Australia thanked the Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Adan Ismail and his staff at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in helping coordinate this meeting with the Australian officials. Also the community thanked the Somaliland representative in the United States, Dr. Sa’aad, who also took part in making this meeting possible. Leaders of Somaliland community in Melbourne and Sydney declare the meeting beneficial and productive and they expect that it will benefit the Somaliland cause.
Members of the Somaliland Society in Melbourne were Sharmake Yusuf, Abdullahi Sh. Osman, Abdulqadir Omar, Mohamed Ali. From Sydney there were Yusuf Adani, Ibrahim Ahmed and MP Ibrahim Ahmed Raygal.
Somaliland has no diplomatic ties with Australia however in the past Somaliland community in Australia have met with various Australian leaders and dignitaries.
The unrecognized republic declared it’s sovereignty in 1991 and since has not been recognized by an International state even though a number of countries have informal ties.
Source: Hadhwanaag News (in Somali)
Somalilandpress, , 3rd March 2010