Somaliland: Conditions are Apt for a Kenyan Diplomatic Mission


By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The government of Kenya is satisfied with existing conditions as pertains to the establishment of its planned Consulate in Hargeisa.

This is as a result of assessment conducted by a four member team from the Kenyan ministry of foreign affairs in Hargeisa assisted by the Somaliland representative in Nairobi Ambassador Sifir who was part of the delegation from the Kenyan capital that was ample hosted by the Somaliland deputy foreign affairs minister Mowlid Mahmud.

Below are the verbatim excerpts of a press statement released by Ahmed Yusuf Elmi (SUDI) Spokesperson and Chief Protocol officer at the ministry of foreign affairs in Hargeisa

Press release

The Kenyan technical team, accompanied by Dr. Mohamoud Jama Somaliland’s representative in Kenya arrived in Somaliland on Wednesday April 23rd and left the 26th of April. The team consisted of four persons. The purpose of the team was to examine the conditions necessary to establish a Kenyan representation office.

The delegation met with officials of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland. The deputy Foreign Minister HE. Mowlid Mohamud welcomed the delegation. The Ministry supported the team during their stay in Somaliland. The team collected all the information they needed to plan the establishment of their office in Somaliland.

This visit was a follow up to an agreement between the Kenyan and Somaliland governments in which the two governments have agreed to establish mutual representation offices. As a result of that the Somaliland mission in Kenya will officially become a part and parcel of the diplomatic corps in Kenya.

Kenya is an important IGAD member as well as an economic power house of east Africa.

The delegation met with Kenyans citizens’ working in Somaliland. The establishment of relations will expand economic and technical co-operation between Kenya and Somaliland.

Ahmed Yusuf Elmi SUDI

Spokesperson and Chief Protocol officer

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