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London (ANN)-The British government has said that Britain will not return Somaliland to an independent state whose policy is not to recognize the Republic of Somaliland.
But Britain Our policy is for Somaliland and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to decide their own destiny, and for neighboring countries in the region to take the lead in recognizing any new plans.
“We continue to support and encourage dialogue between the FGS and the Somaliland government.” According to the Office for Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In a letter issued in late October 2021, to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it discussed the UK Government’s policy towards Somaliland and Somalia.
A letter on the Somaliland issue from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but not shared with the media, a copy of which was obtained by Araweelo News Network, reads as follows: –
“Thank you for your correspondence of the 17 September on behalf of our constituent, Dr. Nick Maurice, Wiltshire about recognition of Somaliland as a sovereign state
As you know, the UK- in line with the rest of the community-does not recognize Somaliland as an independent state.
Our policy remains that it is for Somaliland and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to decide their future, and for neighbours in the region to take the lead in recognizing any new arrangements. We continue to support and encourage dialogue between the FGS and Somaliland government.
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The UK nevertheless maintains a permanent diplomatic presence in Hargeisa and UK assistance is significant, it including a major trading corridor in horn of Africa from Berbera Port to Ethiopia which will increase trade and economic development: help on domestic revenue collection and tax reform, and programming to expand access to cleaner, more reliable and cheaper energy. As the leading partner on security, the UK supports counter-terrorism efforts, Police training, maritime security and improved access to justice and accountability.
The UK enjoys a warm and historic relationship with Somaliland and committed to supporting the shared prosperity and security of people across the Somali region. The UK has storing interest in Somaliland being successful and well- governed of Somalia, with which we can collaborate effectively, unless and unit Somalia and Somalia agree on another arrangement.” say the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK.
A letter on the Somaliland issue from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but not shared with the media, a copy of which was obtained by Araweelo News Network,
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.