Rushanara Ali MP speaks in Debate on Somaliland

On 18 January 2021, Rushanara Ali MP spoke in the House of Commons during an adjournment debate on Somaliland. 

During the debate, led by Gavin Williamson MP, Rushanara called on the UK Government to formally recognise Somaliland's right to self-determination and their need to be an independent state. She also recognised the important contribution that Somalilanders have made to the development agenda, and called on the UK Government to reverse its decision to cut its international aid budget. 

Rushanara Ali MP said: “Last year, Somaliland celebrated thirty years since its declaration of independence from the Somali Democratic Republic. It has its own independent government, its own currency, its own democratic elections and its own national identity, but is still not recognised by the international community as an independent state. The UK Government should formally recognise Somaliland as an independent state, and take steps with other international partners to help bring about a peaceful and lasting settlement in the region based on the self-determination of the people of Somaliland.”

 

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  • Abdi Ibrahim
    commented 2022-01-22 04:38:57 +0000
    It was absolutely an amazing stand and effective point why Somalia is given veto over Somaliland destination knowing that they were separate countries in 1960 and Somaliland enjoyed sovereignty as an independent country and was recognised by 35 countries including UK.
    I believe Bangladesh is the best option country to be the first country to recognise to be followed by UK, although the government has no genuine reason for not recognising Somaliland.
  • Rushanara Ali
    published this page in Recent Activity 2022-01-18 18:02:59 +0000