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Somaliland : Growing ties with the US could be key to its recognition

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Thursday, 11 November 2021 09:37, updated on Friday, 12 November 2021 08:03

A girl sporting a sticker on her face with the colours of the national flag participates in a street parade to celebrate the 24th self-declared independence day for the breakaway Somaliland nation from Somalia in capital Hargeysa
A girl sporting a sticker on her face with the colours of the national flag participates in a street parade to celebrate the 24th self-declared independence day for the breakaway Somaliland nation from Somalia in capital Hargeysa, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

In the three decades since declaring its independence following the fall of the Siad Barre regime, the breakaway region of Somalia is benefiting from a convergence of regional developments that have boosted its popularity among US policymakers. Somaliland is thus banking on growing US support to make its case for eventual diplomatic recognition.

Somaliland will be dispatching its new foreign minister, Essa Kayd, to Washington shortly before Thanksgiving (25 November), The Africa Report has learned.

The trip comes as a bevy of former US officials – including at least three former top Africa officers at the State Department – and a key member of Congress have come out in support of deepening US ties with Hargeisa.