Press Release

People of the Republic of Somaliland at home and around the world impressively celebrated their National Day, 18 May, 2024, which marked the 33rd Anniversary of reasserting its sovereign independence and dissolving the failed union with Somalia, and on 26 June 2024, the people of Somaliland our global diasporic communities are celebrating the 64th Anniversary of receiving independence which passed on when Somaliland gained its independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain. And so that one must know that this historic day belongs to the Republic of Somaliland but not to Somalia in any event.

Somaliland is the former British Protectorate that won its independence on 26 June 1960 and was an independent, sovereign state before entering into a failed union with Somalia on a dubious legal basis with the dream to form Greater Somalia (Five Somalis) which too never worked. On dissolving the voluntary union and reclaiming independence on 18 May 1991, Somaliland has since then made significant progress in rebuilding the country, establishing a democratic system, and contributing to regional peace and security.

The current Somaliland MoU with Ethiopia is a mutually beneficial agreement for the two nations and vital for regional and global peace and stability.

On this momentous occasion, the Somaliland community in Australia call on the esteemed Government of Australia to formally recognize the Republic of Somaliland as an equal participant in the global community of nations.



“Happy Independence Day, 26 June 2024”

The Year of Somaliland Recognition, 2024




                                                                           Amb Hersi Aden Ali 

Chair, Somaliland Union of Victoria  & 

Honorary Representative of Somaliland in Australia