Somaliland:UK Grant to Enhance Water and Energy Sectors
The UK Minister of State & International Development Mr. Grant Shapps, on Friday, signed an MOU with the government of Somaliland covering a grant to cover the extension of Hargeisa water, energy and electric power.
The Minister signed the Memorandum at the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Somaliland with H.E. Mohammed Behi Yonis, Somaliland Foreign Minister, in the presence of the country’s President, His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud “Siilaanyo”.
The two ministers, afterwards, spoke to the press about the meeting and the objectives of the UK delegation at this juncture of time.
“The meeting we had with Minister Shapps’ delegation centered on the historical relations the countries have with one another, the critical support the UK government gives Somaliland and matters relating to the upcoming elections,” Minister Behi said.
The Minister stated that the two sides also talked of the on-going dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia with Somaliland requesting the UK government, once more, to intervene and become more active in supporting the continuation of the talks and their timeline.
On his turn, Minister Shapps expressed pleasure and gratitude for the ‘warm hospitality’ given him and his delegation and for a ‘fruitful’ meeting.
Minister Shapps said he was glad to be in Somaliland as a Minister – a country that he studied in school when ‘he was a young lad’ and thatit was a huge privilege to meet the President.
“There was a whole variety of subjects we talked about that are important to the cooperation between our two countries .. from trade, security, energy and, of course, those memorandums of understanding signed here today – a demonstration of a deepening cooperation between the two countries and shared history together,” he said.