Taiwan and Somaliland to set up representative offices: MOFA

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announces Wednesday at a press conference that Taiwan and Somaliland have signed an agreement to set up representative offices in each other's territory.

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan and Somaliland, a self-declared state in East Africa, have signed an agreement to set up representative offices in each other’s territory, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Wednesday.

The agreement was signed in February, and will help foster Taiwan’s cooperation with African countries and expand Taiwan’s presence in East Africa, said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).

The announcement came after a report on Tuesday by the Somaliland Chronicle, which cited sources as saying that Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi had appointed a representative to Taiwan.

Somaliland is not recognized as a state by the international community and has no official diplomatic ties with any country.

Its claimed territory in northwestern Somalia is home to an estimated 3.9 million residents.

A political map of Somaliland (top) and a map showing its location in Africa (bottom) / Images courtesy of Somalilandgov.com