Ruto’s nominee for Somaliland ambassador rejected by the Foreign Affairs Committee

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The government recognizes Somaliland as a province of Somalia, so the Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday declined to further investigate the candidacy for ambassador from Somaliland during the current vetting procedure.

Abdi Weli Muhamad Hussein was selected by President William Ruto to serve as Hargeisa’s ambassador during the early October government reorganization.

The self-declared republic of Somaliland, a de facto sovereign state, with Hargeisa as its capital.

Nelson Koech, the chairperson of the Committee, claims that Kenya already maintains a liaison office in Somaliland.

Koech went on to say that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had sent a letter to the Somali embassy outlining their reasons for not doing a background check on the nominee.

On Thursday, three of the four nominees for ambassador underwent vetting. Among them were Phillip Mundia Githiora (Maputo, Mozambique), John Ronald Ekitela (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and Dr. Wilson Kogo (Canberra, Australia).

Somaliland has been attempting to establish close relationships with its neighbors, particularly Kenya, which established a liaison office in September 2021 and sent four police there.

On the other hand, Somalia, which opposes Somaliland’s request for recognition as a sovereign nation, has already charged Kenya with interfering in its internal affairs. This comes after discussions by former President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Muse Bihi of Somaliland in December 2020.

After the visit, Kenya ordered all of its diplomats to resign within seven days, while Somalia gave the same ultimatum to all of its diplomats in Kenya.

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