Somaliland: President Bihi Receives UK MPs

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The President of the Republic of Somaliland, H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi, today received at the Presidential Palace a delegation of members of the UK Parliament led by MP. Gavin Williamson.

Upon welcoming the MPs on their official visit to Somaliland, the President thanked them for the fact-finding debate in the UK Parliament recently on the issue of the independence of the Republic of Somaliland. Afterwards, they discussed ways of strengthening the long-standing ties between the two countries.

President Bihi also sent a message to all parliaments around the world to follow the example of the UK parliament and dare to bring the issue of Somaliland’s independence to their respective councils, noting that it is time for the international community to give Somaliland its overdue rights.

Finally, the President called on the UK Government to expand its presence in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland, to provide comprehensive social services.

The President was accompanied by the Vice President of Somaliland, Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail (Saylici), the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Issa Keyd Mohamud and Somaliland Ambassador to the United Kingdom Amb. Abdi Abdilahi Diriye.

The members of the delegation were, Hon Gavin Williamson CBE, MP Lord Stuart Polak, Lord Edward Udny Lister and Hon Alun Cairns MP.