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“Am Not Aware of Plans for Russian Military Base in Somaliland”

Somaliland’s Foreign Minister Dr. Saad Ali Shire

Hargiesa (The Horn)- The government of Somaliland has denied that plans are afoot for establishment of a Russian Military Base in the western port town of Sayla.

This denial was made by the foreign minister Dr Saad Ali during an interview with Geeska Afrika,  promoted by reports circulated by local English language news agencies.

According to the reports Russia and Somaliland have entered an agreement for the European power to establish the base that will host Air and naval forces at Sayla, in exchange for recognition of Somaliland as a sovereign nation among other benefits.

“While we have no qualms with the Russians the issue of a military base in our country has never been broached” said Dr Saad Ali adding that if it is ever raised then it shall receive relevant deliberation.

Stating that Somaliland welcomed friends from all parts of the world, the  foreign minister said that any country wishing to partner this government shall be accorded necessary protocols though of most import shall be what benefit citizens accrue from such an enterprise

On the issue of the UAE having finally acceptable the Somaliland passport as a valid travel document to the gulf country, the FM  revealed that final agreement on the same was reached during the recent official visit to the emirates by president Musa Behi Abdi

To this effect Said Dr Saad Ali Shire Citizens of Somaliland shall start utilizing their local passports for multifaceted visits to the emirates, “that is as soon as technicalities are completely.


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