Somalilandsun: On the 2nd December 2020 the Government of the United Kingdom made it official that though it maintains good relations with Somaliland it has no plans to establish a full-fledged embassy in Hargeisa.
This was revealed to parliament by James Duddridge the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) in response to question raised by MP Alexander Stafford of the Conservative party representing Rother Valley constituency.
Verbatim replies by the parliamentary undersecretary read
“The UK maintains a permanent presence in Somaliland through the British Office in Hargeisa which was established in 2012. UK officials engage with the Somaliland government on an ongoing basis on a broad range of issues.
The UK does not recognise Somaliland as an independent state. UK policy remains that it is for Somaliland and the Federal Government of Somalia to decide their future, and for neighbours in the region to take the lead in recognising any new arrangements. We continue to support and encourage dialogue between the two parties.”