Germany supports the announcement by H.E. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud about the promotion and use of Somali as the national language of Somalia. German Ambassador to Somalia, Andreas Peschke, said on this occasion:
Thursday, January 22, 2015
“The use of a national language is a cornerstone of national identity. It helps to unify a nation and creates awareness and pride in its own culture and history.
The creation of a standard written form of Somali more than 40 years ago was indeed a milestone in the history of Somalia. Since then, many German scholars have continued to study Somali language and culture as one of the main representatives of Cushitic languages, people and cultures at the Horn of Africa.
Somalia and the Somali people can be proud of their language, culture and tradition. The world-famous Somali poems are an important contribution to world culture.
We welcome the strengthening of Somali language as an official means of communication and education.”