US Congress moves forward watered-down Somaliland bill

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Friday, 10 June 2022 18:54, updated on Saturday, 11 June 2022 01:23

A woman and child relax next to a mural of Somaliland's flag, in Hargeisa, Somaliland on Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
A woman and child relax next to a mural of Somaliland's flag, in Hargeisa, Somaliland on Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

The US Congress advanced legislation promoting a US security partnership with Somalia’s autonomous Somaliland region after several changes requested by critics of the breakaway effort.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared the Somaliland Partnership Act on 9 June after months of behind-the-scenes lobbying by Somaliland and its detractors. The final version removes some controversial language while retaining the bill’s original intent, enabling lawmakers and stakeholders on both sides to claim victory.