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Somali festival celebrates East London and African ties

A panel discussion held in Bethnal Green as part of Somali Week

East London celebrated its ties with Somalia with a week-long festival of Somali arts and culture put on as part of Black History Month in October. The festival attracted high-profile Somalians including author Cabdalla Mansuur and poet and musician Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame, better known as Hadraawi. He said: “Through different artistic forms, the Somali Week […]


Somaliland to drill oil by 2014

oil rig

The break-away territory of Somaliland sees drilling for oil as possible by 2014 as three companies start exploration activities, the country’s mining and energy minister said on Tuesday. Hussein Abdi Dualeh told Reuters the three companies are Ophir Energy Plc, Australia-based Jacka Resources and Genel Energy, which is headed by former BP chief executive Tony […]


Somalia: Al-Shabaab in the mafrishes?


BY LIBAN OBSIYE I was thoroughly disappointed. I had gone to a mafrish with a friend and had not met one, not even one, Al Shabaab recruiter. Perhaps they were there staring at me with their red blood shot eyes while casually sitting, legs stretched out chewing their bitter khat sticks like sheep eating grass […]


Farah — carrying Britain’s hopes

Farah launches foundation to help Somalia famine victims

LONDON — Last month when Mo Farah, a British athlete of Somali origin, won the European 5,000m crown, he became the first man in history to successfully defend it. The victory, coming just before the London Olympic Games, would be a confidence-booster for him. Farah was born in Mogadishu in war-torn Somalia. At the age […]


Little progress in Somaliland and Somalia talks


LONDON — A tense first day formal discussions between feuding neighbours Somaliland and Somalia in a secret location near London has run into rough weather on Wednesday. According to sources in London issues such as Somaliland’s independence, bilateral ties and cooperation in key areas remain as the biggest hurdles. “The first day deliberation lasted five […]


Somalia names team for talks with Somaliland


MOGADISHU — The transitional federal government of Somalia has officially announced its negotiation team for the upcoming talks with Somaliland. The first round of direct talks between the two sides are due to kick off in London on Wednesday and each has designated a team for the first ever face-to-face dialogue. President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed […]


Somaliland: President Appoints Five Member Team To Represent Somaliland In talks With Somalia


HARGEISA(SomalilandPress)–Somaliland President H.E Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Silanyo) has appointed a five member team to represent Somaliland in the first ever talks with Somalia since in 1991; these talks are in accordance with fulfilling the outcomes set by the recent London conference. President Silanyo has appointed five ministers in his cabinet to represent the country durng […]


At London Conference on Somalia, President of Somaliland calls on the international community to recognize his country


London, 23 February 2012– The President of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Silanyo, today attended the London Conference on Somalia. The Conference included political leaders from over 50 countries and international organizations, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In his statement to the Conference, the President said that peace and […]


Somaliland and the London Conference on Somalia

By Ahmed M. I. Egal OPINION | TUESDAY, 24 January 2012 The upcoming London Conference on Somalia, and the UK’s urging of the Somaliland Government to attend, has understandably generated a lot of debate and comment within the Somaliland community, both within and outside the country. One of the stated objectives of the conference, according […]


A Response to the London Conference on Somalia: Building Momentum

Somaliland Societies in Europe 360 Great Western Street Manchester M14 4BY Mob: 00447930655099 Website: Email: Date: 20th January 2012 Ref:SSE 20919012011 Dear Sir and or Madam, Somaliland Society in Europe (SSE) is a network of organizations representing about 45 Somaliland Diaspora community organizations from 11 European countries. We are writing to you to […]


London riots: violence escalates across London

UK riots

LONDON — Police last night appeared to be losing the battle to take back control of London’s streets as violence, rioting and looting escalated across the capital. As disturbances entered a third day, the scale of civil disobedience reached unprecedented levels, with incidents in all corners of the capital. [ad#Google Adsense (336x280)] The violence, which […]


Foreign Minister returns from London talks


Hargeisa (SomalilandPress)—Somaliland Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Abdillahi Omar returns back from his trip to London where he held several meetings at Chatham House (formally known as The Royal Institute of International Affairs). Dr Omar was in London in order to take part in a series meetings to discuss Somaliland’s current political status and the progress […]


Thousands gather in London to call for recognition


LONDON — Opposite the Mother of Parliaments more than 5,000 Somalilanders gathered to mark the twentieth anniversary of self-proclaimed independence. In the shadow of Westminster Abbey and under the seemingly watchful eye of the statue of King George V (grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II) assembled a peaceful and jubilant crowd eager to articulate to the […]


Tories: Harrow Council twinning motion passed by Labour ‘without discussion’


LONDON (Somalilandpress) — A TORY councillor has accused Labour of passing a motion on twinning with more towns and cities “without discussion”. The pledge calls for the authority to explore the possibility of developing partnerships with more foreign cities and specifically mentions ten, including Hargeisa, in Somaliland. It does not bind the council into twinning […]