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Foreign Minister Speaks about the Ethiopian Government Acquisition of Stake at Djibouti Port

Hargeisa (The Horn) The government of Somaliland has opened the lid about the acquisition of shares at Djibouti International Port by the Ethiopians. This is because the Ethiopian government had signed a 19% share for Berbera International Port. The foreign minister Mr.Sa’ad Ali Shire speaking on behalf of the government of Somaliland stated that the bilateral agreement concerns the two countries. He went on to clarify that the government needs only to develop Berbera Port so that it could compete with others along the Red Sea.

In another development minister Sa’ad speaking to the Horn Newspaper in an exclusive interview touched on Somaliland independence and the difference between Somaliland and Somalia; the foreign minister reiterated that Somaliland will never play second fiddle to Somalia. He called on the international community to recognize Somaliland.

“Somaliland is seeking recognition from the international community and not only from Great Britain.  The independence of Somaliland does not depend only on her past, but from the global community. Somaliland has every right to be recognized as a sovereign state. It has fulfilled all requirements for an independent nation. We have a right for recognition by the international community.  In retrospect Somaliland and Somalia unification was not lawful there are no documentations whatsoever binding Somaliland into a nonexistent unification. Come rain come shine Somaliland will never again be hoodwinked into a union with Somalia. The international community should recognize Somaliland without strings attached.” Dr. Sa’ad stated.

The minister highlighted the difference between Somaliland and Somalia he said that Somaliland is a peaceful and tranquil country, whereas Somalia is a country engulfed with chaos and animosity. The foreign minister stated that Somaliland is ahead in terms of development, good governance and democratic institutions while Somalia is the worst violator of individual right and corruption is the order of the day.


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