Somaliland continues to push for its recognition internationally as it held an international forum in the capital Hargeisa on Wednesday.
President Muse Behi Abdi said time is ripe for the international community to recognise and appreciate the role Somaliland is playing in the region.
“Our people spoke loudly and with one voice when they voted in the referendum to have an independent state,” the president said referring to the Somaliland’s decision to part ways with the war-torn Somalia.
“We cannot continue living in isolation from the rest of the world. We also have rights that need to be recognised at the international level,” he added.
The two-day conference is aimed at showcasing Somaliland’s achievements over the last 27 years and chart its path for the future. Representatives from IGAD, European Union, Danish Agency (DANIDA) and representatives from several African countries are in attendance.