By: Hasan O Horri
HELSINKI (Somalilandsun) – The Finnish government has termed Somaliland as an oasis of peace in the insecure Horn of Africa region.
The sentiments were expressed by the Interior minister of Finland Mrs Päivi Räsänen during a meeting with visiting Somaliland delegation led by the minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction-MRR&R Dr Suleiman Isse Hagaltosie.
Mrs Räsänen who informed that her government is aware of the efforts the unrecognized nation of Somaliland has undertaken to ensure that its people live peacefully said that plans are afoot for more active intervention by Finland.
“We in Finland commend the people of Somaliland for their successful efforts in the fight against terrorism and piracy” Said the Finnish interior minister.
Upon briefing the meeting on various aspects prevalent in his country Dr Suleiman Isse Hagaltosie urged the Finnish government to increase its contribution to the national coffers in Hargeisa.
Said he “Our country which is incurring exorbitant expenditures in activities related to maintaining peace, multi-sectored developments as well as the fight on piracy and terrorism requires support from all friendly quarters”
According to Helsinki based freelance reporter Mohamed Hasan Matan the meeting between the two ministers that took place at the interior ministry ended in acquiescence for the two governments to not only sustain but enhance bi-lateral relationships
The minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction-MRR&R Dr Suleiman Isse Hagaltosie who is on an official working visit has already held talks with various Finnish officials as well as Participated in a workshop organized by the International Office of Migration-IOM attended by Senior Finnish Security officers as well as the Norwegian and Finnish heads of IOM.