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SOMALIA SEVERS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH GUINEA

Somalia has announced the severing of diplomatic ties with West African country Guinea. The decision was announced in Mogadishu today after a cabinet meeting. The country’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad, also cautioned other countries against violating the sovereignty and unity of Somalia.

The decision comes after Guinea accorded the protocol of a head of state in Conakry, Guinea to the leader of a separatist movement in Somaliland in northern Somalia, callously disregarding all relevant UN resolutions and African consensus.

Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi Abdi, who is visiting Guinea’s capital city of Conakry following the invitation of President Alpha Conde.

Somaliland continues to increase its bid for international recognition, much to chagrin of Mogadishu. The later, formerly a British protectorate, Somaliland merged with former Italian Somaliland in 1960 to create Somalia. But it seceded and declared itself independent in 1991 as Somalia plunged into chaos after the fall of autocrat Siad Barre.

It has its own government based in the self-appointed capital of Hargeisa, its own army and prints its own currency. It is also considered much more stable than the rest of Somalia, which is plagued by clan disputes, corruption and a violent insurgency waged by the Al-Shabaab militant group.

Last week, Kenya caused a diplomatic row with Somalia after its Ministry of Foreign Affairs referred to a meeting with Somaliland officials as covering “issues of mutual interest to both countries” in a post on Twitter. To date, no country has recognized the self-declared republic of Somaliland as an independent nation, although it has been acting as one for around three decades.

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