Somaliland state accuses Somalia of browbeating its international friends

One of Somalia’ provincial States, Somaliland, has accused Mogadishu of bulldozing international friends to abandon Somaliland.

This comes after Somalia has announced cutting ties with Guinea which invited Somaliland President Musa Bihi to a state visit to the West African country treating the break away region as an independent country.

Somalia government has termed the Somaliland leader’s invitation to Guinea as a “violation of the Sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Somalia”.

This comes a few days after Somalia hit at Kenya after the ministry of foreign affairs in Nairobi published a tweet that seemingly recognised the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland.

President Bihi and his Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Isse Awad are in Guinea for a state visit. Somalia has sent warnings to other countries that are “violating Somalia’s sovereignty.”

A statement from Somaliland Foreign Affairs ministry read: “The ongoing complaint and bullying of Guinea government is a pre-emptive action to scare other countries such as Kenya from engaging Somaliland”.

Somaliland is one of the 6 provincial states of Somalia. The self proclaimed republic has been seeking international recognition for many years but in vain.

 

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