- Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds met members of the Somaliland diaspora in Cardiff to discuss a range of issues around UK foreign policy. More than 20 local leaders, community workers and political activists, including women representatives, attended the event at the National Assembly for Wales on Monday.
In his remarks, the Minister paid tribute to the long-standing friendship between the UK and Somaliland, including the deep historical ties with Cardiff. He also noted the impressive progress made in Somaliland in terms of development and business links, and welcomed the significant contribution the diaspora had made towards strengthening Somaliland
During a lively debate, the Minister fielded questions, including on the relationship between Mogadishu and Hargeisa, the links between the diaspora and the UK, and UK development aid to Somaliland.