Saturday [February 2nd], the President of the Republic of Somaliland Musa Bihi Abdi and the United Kingdom ambassador David Concar held a landmark meeting in the unrecognised country. Important issues were brought upsuch as health, elections or security. However, the central topic of all the discussions was the construction of the Berbera Corridor. Britain showed strong support for the project, saying it will play a vital role for both Somaliland and Ethiopia’s future economic development.
The article below was published by SomTribune
The outgoing United Kingdom Ambassador to Somaliland/Somalia, David Concar, paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, Saturday, during which the two sides investigated ways to improve relations between the two countries and the planned construction of Berbera Corridor.
According to a press statement the presidency released after the meeting, the two sides touched on several crucial issues relating to a seemingly re-elevated relations between the two countries since Britain opted out of the rest of Europe.
“The two sides talked of a number of issues that are of great import which included strengthening mutual relations, the conduct and proper, timely implementation of the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections and humanitarian assistance linking the two sides together,” the statement said.
“The meeting, furthermore, focused on relating areas placing special emphasis on on-going health programs, security-related issues covering both national and regional aspects and job-creation for youth and the unemployed, at large,” it continued to elaborate.
Ambassador Concar, the President statement said, underlined the vital role the projected Berbera Corridor inland road symbolized for both Somaliland and Federal Ethiopia connecting the Red Sea port of Berbera to Wajaale on straddling the border between the two countries.
On January 30, 2019, reports stated that Mr. Benjamin Fender was appointed as Ambassador to take over from Mr. Concar within the month of February.
Ambassador Concar paid several warm, very important visits to Somaliland while his diplomatic duty in the Horn of Africa countries lasted which left the impression that the United Kingdom was awakening from a diplomatic slumber at last leading to a revival of historical and political relations between the UK and its former protectorate.
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