Somaliland is pushing for stronger diplomatic and trade ties with Egypt.
A delegation of Somaliland government officials led by Deputy Foreign Affairs and international cooperation minister Liban Yusuf Osman was in Egypt on an official trip to deliberate ways of boosting ties between the two nations.
“My visit to Egypt is aimed at fostering the historic relationship between Somaliland and Egypt,” said Osman.
“We discussed the role of Egypt in the Horn of Africa and the bilateral cooperation between the two nations in the areas of education, health, economy development and security,” Liban said after a meeting with Egypt deputy foreign minister for African affairs, Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza and Secretary General for Egyptian agency of partnership for development, and Generals from the defence ministry.
The Somaliland delegation held meetings with Egyptian defence ministry headed by major general Hamdi Badin and business leaders in Cairo Egypt.
“We had another fruitful meeting with the high ranking military officers from the defence ministry of Egypt. Our meeting was to strengthen our relationship which is based on a position of trust and mutual understanding for the benefit of both nations.”
Somaliland has been on a mission to build trade ties with nations across Africa and in the Middle East as they aim to improve their economy and build on their infrastructure.
The self-declared independent state that is seeking international recognition already has strong trade ties with Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates and has been in talks with Eritrea to engage in business cooperation.