Apr 03, 2014

Somaliland: Sheffield Recognizes Independent Somaliland

On 2 April 2014, the City of Sheffield became the first city in the world to recognize Somaliland as an independent, sovereign nation. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somaliland, Mr. Bihi Yonis, has called on all Somaliland communities to advocate for the case of Somaliland, and welcomed Sheffield’s decision.


Below is the article published by Somliland Press:


The City of Sheffield has become the first city in the world to officially recognize Somaliland as an independent nation this after members of the city council unanimously passed by 83 members,2 voted against and 1 abstention earlier today.

This historic event was attended by Somaliland’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Bihi Yonis, Energy Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh, Speaker of Parliament Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi, Somaliland’s Ambassador to the UK Ali Aden Awale as well as several parliamentarians.

On Friday 4 April [2014], Somaliland’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Behi and Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield (Lab) will be speaking at ISRAAC: Somali Community and Cultural Association in support of Somaliland’s case for recognition.

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts (Lab) has also expressed his support for Somaliland’s independence. In 2009 he asked the FCO to “work with other members of the EU, with the United States and with members of the African Union to see how we can get recognition for Somaliland.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bihi, calls for all Somaliland communities to advocate for Somaliland case -and expressed that the success from Sheffield must be a role model for all. Mr. Behi congratulated for Somaliland communities in Sheffield and others doing the same work in their respected areas.