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Somaliland: Foreign Relations

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Somaliland on that area's future status. (256580)

In December 2008, my noble Friend the Home Office Minister with responsibility for security and counter terrorism, Lord West of Spithead, met the Somaliland Foreign Affairs representative, Abdilahi Duale, during a visit to Ethiopia. In January 2008, the Minister with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Malloch-Brown, held discussions in London with the Leader of Somaliland, Dahir Rayale Kahin. The then Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my right hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells), met Dahir Rayale Kahin in the capital of Somaliland in June 2008.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met representatives of the Somaliland community in the UK when he visited Cardiff in October 2008.

The Government considers dialogue with Somaliland representatives to be an important part of our overall engagement with Somalia.