Somaliland: Progress towards a Regional and International Role



By: Medeshi

Somalilandsun – Chatham House in London hosted on 31 October 2013 Mohamed Bihi Yonis, Somaliland’s foreign minister, and Hersi Ali Hassan, Somaliland’s minister of presidential affairs.

It published a summary of their remarks in a document titled “Somaliland: Progress towards a Regional and International Role.”


This document provides a summary of a meeting held at Chatham House on 31 October 2013. The meeting looked at Somaliland’s efforts towards becoming an internationally recognized independent state.

Somaliland has been seeking recognition of its independence for over 20 years, in which time it has achieved advances in security, development and multiparty democracy. Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Bihi Yonis gave a briefing on developments in Somaliland and priorities for the government, including progress on the new voter registration system and ties between Somaliland and Somalia. He also discussed how Somaliland can engage more effectively with the international community.

The meeting consisted of a presentation followed by a discussion, both of which were held on the record. The following summary is intended to serve as an aide-mémoire for those who took part and to provide a general summary of discussions for those who did not.

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