US senator hails Somaliland-Taiwan relations

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A senior US senator has said that the society between Somaliland and Taiwan should be allowed to flourish.

Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said both countries stand to gain from their partnership despite the obstacles they face in terms of international recognition.

In a tweet, the senator said, “The United States is happy to have friends in Africa like Somaliland who support Africa.”

“The recognition of the Taiwanese partnership by the international community will only grow in the face of a dangerous and malicious Chin,” the statement added.

Taiwan and Somaliland find themselves in a similar position, both being self-governing democracies that are not recognized by most of the world.

Somaliland and Taiwan pursued stronger ties after exchanging de facto embassies in 2020, much to China and Somalia’s chagrin.

Somalia has called the creation of the representative offices a “reckless attempt” to encroach on its sovereignty. China has accused Taiwan of “acting out of desperation”.

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia during the 1991 civil war, but remains unrecognized by much of the international community.

Although Somaliland is an image of stability in the region, Somalia refers to it as an attack on its sovereignty.

Similarly, China treats Taiwan as its own territory, indulging in bullshit, which has increased markedly under President Xi Jinping.

Taiwan maintains diplomatic relations with only 14 countries, including only one African country, the Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland.

Neither Taiwan nor Somaliland is recognized by the United Nations.

Senator Risch is among a growing number of senators and congressmen who favor strong relations between the two nations and full diplomatic recognition of Somaliland.

In March of this year, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mike Rounds (RS.D.), chairman and senior member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today introduced the Somaliland Partnership Act to require the Department of State to report to Congress on engagement with Somaliland and to conduct a feasibility study, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, regarding the establishment of a partnership between the United States and Somaliland.

“The United States continues to be a staunch partner of the Somali people and their federal government, but the Biden administration has confined itself to the confines of a ‘one Somalia’ policy to the detriment of other democratic actors in the country. “, Risch said. .

“At this complex time in global affairs and the Horn of Africa, the United States should explore all possible mutually beneficial relationships with stable and democratic partners, such as Somaliland, and not limit itself to political and political approaches. outdated diplomatic cadres who fail to meet today’s challenges.

“As the Horn of Africa faces increasingly destabilizing undercurrents, strengthening our cooperation with those in the region who value democratic governance and fundamental freedoms is essential to advancing American interests, improving regional stability and support the rule of law and human rights.

For decades, Somaliland has proven to be a region with a stable and thriving democracy amidst a sea of ​​conflict.

That’s why it makes sense to increase opportunities for U.S. engagement with Somaliland. Our bill will help ensure that the United States explores the greatest possibilities of this mutually beneficial relationship,” Van Hollen said.

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