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Somalia reiterates Taiwan as an inalienable part of China's territory

Saturday August 6, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali government reiterated its unwavering support for China's sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and national unity.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia calls for adherence to relevant United Nations and African Union resolutions.

"Federal Government of Somalia declares its full solidarity with the People's Republic of China in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity while affirming its firm position to respect the one-China policy, considering Taiwan an inalienable part of China's territory," the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement was issued by the outgoing Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff. The federal parliament has not yet confirmed Somalia's new cabinet, which Prime Minister Hamza Barre nominated earlier this week.

The ministry added that Somalia has long-standing relations with China, where cooperation between the two friendly countries is distinguished in the political, economic and development fields of common benefit and the joint coordination of positions in regional and international forums.

Taiwan has forged close relations with Somaliland, another independent but unrecognized nation seeking independence from Somalia. In February 2022, a high-profile delegation travelled from Hargeisa to Taipei after establishing embassies in 2020 in each other's territory 2020. 

Somalia's federal government has publicly rebuked Taiwan in the past for interfering in Somalia's internal affairs and violating its sovereignty. The Somali government declared an oil deal between Somaliland and Taiwan in February 2022 null and void.


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