In an extraordinary meeting held today, Somaliland cabinet minister overwhelmingly voted in favour of the stance taken by Gulf states Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Yemen and others took against Qatar, regarding its support to Islamic militants and terror groups in the region.
In a statement read by, Dr. Saad Ali Shire, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated as follows: –
The Republic of Somaliland which is cognizant of the principles of peaceful co-existence and stability in the region is strongly against anything that could affect peace and stability, and opposes extremism and all those who support extremism.
The Republic of Somaliland, keeping in regard to the long historic, economic and political links between the Somaliland the Gulf countries, the Council of Ministers dated 10/06/2017 together an extraordinary meeting, was chaired by H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo.
Therefore, Council of Ministers declares;
- The Republic of Somaliland fully supports the stand taken by Saudi Arabia and UAE against Qatar;
- Effective from today, no one can use the airspace of Somaliland without the proper permission of relevant authorities of the Republic of Somaliland
- The Republic of Somaliland has sole authority over its airspace, its seas and land, and, therefore, Somalia cannot give permission to anyone on use of Somaliland airspace, sea and land and has not authority whatsoever to do so.
Dr. Saad Ali Shire
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation