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Issue 434 -- May 22-28, 2010
KULMIYE Foreign Policy Statement
By Dr. Mohamed A Omar
KULMIYE’s approach to foreign affairs will be guided by a firm commitment to peace, freedom and good neighborliness. In our engagement with the world, we will pursue these values, as we believe they offer foundations for a long-term stability and prosperity in our country and in the region.
Our main foreign policy goals are security, self-determination, economic development and peaceful co-existence. KULMIYE government will actively seek to become a member of international bodies, preserve Somaliland national sovereignty and achieve political recognition. We will also promote free economy and encourage foreign investment.
We will improve our international relations by deepening our engagement with the African states, America and Europe. We will also establish a relationship with the Arab world to work on areas of common interest.
Promoting Somaliland interest internationally will require positive home stories. Therefore, we will consolidate our democratic system and deny extremist groups the opportunity to find a safe haven in our country.
We will work with the international community in protecting Somaliland from terrorist attacks. In doing so, we will establish common approaches with our international partners to common problems such as terrorism.
KULMIYE government will call on all parties involved in political and military conflicts in the region to choose for a democratic path to advance their interests and to redress injustices. And, we will have a “non-interference policy” in the affairs of other states.
We will support an inclusive political dialogue to achieve a broader consensus among the parties in dispute in the Horn of Africa to bring an end to the prolonged regional confrontations. We believe that the security challenges in this region require a comprehensive peace approach as opposed to forming alliances and proxies.
Economic development, security and self-determination will play a key role in our foreign policy while maintaining the principles of non-alignment, non-interference, peaceful settlement of disputes and adherence to the international laws. To achieve Somaliland national interest, KULMIYE uses effective diplomatic tools.
Dr. Mohamed A Omar
The Republic of Somaliland