Martin Bille Hermann: We think it is extremely important that voice of the people of Somaliland is heard

By: Mahmoud Qodah

Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo has received visiting Danish delegation led by the State Secretary for Development Policy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, who is also the head of DANIDA project, in his Office at the Presidency, as parties have discussed issues pertaining the upcoming presidential elections scheduled to take place in November, strengthening the long time existing friendship between the two sides, droughts and how it is very vital that both national and international responses to droughts are needed to be put in place effectively.

Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, Somaliland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spoke about the discussions that they had with the visiting Danish delegation and noted, “Somaliland and the delegation from Denmark have discussed issues including the upcoming presidential elections. And we have agreed on those issued discussed during the meeting. We also talked how we would continue strengthening the relationship between Denmark and Somaliland. We have also had discussions related to the development projects that the government of Denmark funded through the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF).”

Mr. Martin Bille Hermann, the leader of the delegation from Denmark on his side spoke about the main aim of their visit to Somaliland and that they have urged government and Somaliland to work and sticking effectively towards the plans on the presidential elections scheduled to take place in November of this year and possibly moving forward Parliamentary and Municipal elections.

Martin Bille Hermann, the leader of the delegation from Denmark
Martin Bille Hermann, the leader of the delegation from Denmark

Speaking about the relations between Somaliland and Denmark, State Secretary for Development Policy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark noted, “Denmark, DANIDA and Somaliland have a long history. Together we have been partners and friends for many years and I think our discussions today have reflected exactly that strong partnership and friendship. A friendship where we don’t necessarily agree on all things, but where we could provide advice to each other in a friendly and constructive manner,”

Speaking about the existence of the drought and how his country already took their role swiftly, the Head of DANIDA project stated , “ We have also discussed many issues. One of the issues we discussed was the drought and the need for both national and international community response. I was happy to advice the president for what he already knew that Denmark has been swift in its response to address the concern of the Somaliland people and to prevent her famine. It is very happy to hear the signs out and the rain is now beginning. And we shared the hope that the rain will continue.

Finally Mr. Martin told that they have discussed with Somaliland on a number of political matters, and among them is the need to have elections in Somaliland and how they will need to stick to the plan which is now been communicated of the presidential elections in November and to possible move forward Parliamentary and Local elections.

“From Dannish side we made clear that we think it is extremely important that voice of the people of Somaliland is heard will increase the legitimacy of government and also enable to work more effectively delivering towards development and services to the people of Somaliland. It was also good and friendly discussions.”

Mohamoud Qodah is the Co-editor-in-chief of Somaliland Monitor. He also serves as the assistant editor of the Republican English weekly newspaper published by Jamhuuriya media Group.

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