By: Yusuf M Hasan
DUBAI (Somalilandsun) – The governments of Niger and Somaliland have agreed to enhance relations by establishing diplomatic offices in their respective capitals of Niamey and Hargeisa respectively.
This outcome follows a meeting held in Dubai between the Somaliland vice president Abdirahman Abdilahi Sayli and a delegation from Niger led by speaker of parliament Hon Boucary Sani Chaibou and the country’s Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates also in attendance was the CEO of Africa Development Fun Mr. Hussein Al-Ishaqi.
“I hereby extend and official invitation to you, the vice president of the republic of Somaliland to visit our capital Niamey where arrangements for exchanging diplomats shall be finalize” said Hon Chaibou at the meeting he hosted VP Sayli
Apart from establishing full ambassadorial level relations the Niger government has also promised to leader to provide successful students from Somaliland with scholarships for higher education to be pursued in various universities in Niger, reports www.qurbejoog.com which is the only media outlet accompanying VP Sayli in his sojourn to the Emirates.
While hundreds of Somaliland citizens have benefited from scholarships thence graduated from universities in various African countries Niger shall become the Second African country after Ethiopia to establish full diplomatic relations with the horn Africa country that remains without international recognition as a sovereign nation two decades after withdrawing from its 160 voluntary later turned fateful union with Italian Somaliland.