The former US Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen M. Schwartz, advised the government of the United States to build a direct relationship with Somaliland as well as to establish a consulate in Hargeysa to assist American citizens and businesses.

Ambassador Schwartz who served as the first US Ambassador to Somalia (2016-17) since 1991 also suggested that President-elect Joe Biden and his administration should work with the African Union and others to resolve Somaliland’s status by persuading Somalia’s next president to undertake immediate and serious negotiations.

“Somaliland’s status must be determined, which could allow for more cooperation and better management of disputed boundary issues,” said Ambassador Schwartz.


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The former US ambassador proposed to the new Biden Administration to work more with Somaliland.

“Somaliland’s stability and location—particularly the port of Berbera—could give the United States strategically useful options, but only if Somaliland has international legal standing to negotiate agreements or consented to provisions of arrangements negotiated by the FGS.”

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