HARGEISA, 08 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) — The Deputy Secretary General of Pakistan People’s Party (ruling party), Sheikh Mansoor Ahmed arrived in Somaliland on a fact-finding mission on Friday. Mr. Ahmed who was leading a delegation of two, was received at the Egal International airport by Somaliland’s finance minister, Foreign Minister and governor of the central bank.
Mr. Abdirasak, Somaliland’s newly appointed representative to Pakistan told local media that the two sides have discussed the opening of a Somaliland representation office in Pakistan, to strengthen bilateral relationship and requested Pakistan to throw its weight behind Somaliland’s bid for international recognition.
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Somaliland also appealed to Pakistan to help them gain membership in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with 57 member states spread over four continents.
Local media also reported that Pakistan would assist Somaliland to combat piracy in the region and train it’s small fleet of coastguards.
It is the first visit of such by Pakistani officials to Somaliland since restoring its nationhood in 1991. Many Somalilanders see the arrival of the Pakistani delegation as a firm step forward in a new relationship between the two nations that will open new doors for Somaliland in the Asian region.
The delegation also visited the coastal town of Berbera as part of their official visit to Somaliland, the port is currently busy with exporting livestock to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj period.
The delegation will also meet with the President and the other political leaders in the country in the coming days. Mr Ahmad, was accompanied by Pakistan’s Adviser on Consular Affairs between Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Missions, Mr Shafiq Ahmed Qureshi.