Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Guinea over Somaliland
London, July 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somalia announced it is cutting diplomatic ties with Guinea, accusing the West African country of violating its sovereignty.
The decision came after the president of the breakaway northern territory of Somaliland Musa Bihi Abdi received a red carpet welcome in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, earlier this week.
Somalia’s foreign minister Ahmed Awad announced the action against Guinea on Thursday in a press conference but declined to give further details. Awad said he sent warnings to other countries that he said were similarly violating Somalia’s sovereignty.
Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia in 1991 and has maintained a measure of peace and stability. But the territory, which is in northern Somalia, is not recognized by any foreign government. Somalia insists that Somaliland is not independent.
The Somaliland government is steadily building its case for recognition based on trade and business opportunities with its fellow Africans, arguing that an independent Somaliland capable of trading with African and international partners will be a benefit to all and strengthen peace, prosperity and security.
Bihi who came to power after a peaceful, free and fair election with a peaceful transfer of power only 18 months ago has been on shuttle diplomacy to build Somaliland’s case for recognition.
He has already visited Ethiopia, Djibouti, the United Arab Emirates.
Somaliland already enjoys warm and growing ties in East Africa, most notably with Kenya and it is keen on marketing itself as a new and profitable frontier economy in the region with considerable untapped resources.
The peace and stability and open market economy are linked to the reason why 10,000 Kenyans have made the journey to Somaliland in search of jobs and economic opportunity.
The Kenyans are in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa working as teachers, hotel managers, restaurateurs, architects, and advisors in agriculture, construction and much more.
Somaliland minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation Yassin Haji Mohamoud said the mission to Guinea is to build the same kind of close relations with West African countries as Somaliland enjoys with East African nations”Of course the two countries will be discussing matters of mutual interest during our stay in Guinea,” the minister said. AP