Somaliland: Foreign Minister comes out in Defense of Raila Odinga

Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs Dr. Saad Ali Shire come out in defense of the former Kenyan Prime Minister and CORD leader Honorable Raila Omolo Odinga terming him as a Man of Integrity.

Dr. Saad Ali Shire speaking during an interview with a local Television reporter stated, “Hon Raila Odinga has every right to express his opinion and also to comment the regional politics.

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I would like to express my sincere appreciations to Hon Raila Odinga for his courageousness and encouraging speech at Chatham house. He was very honest and frank on Somaliland recognition. We have already extended an invitation to him to visit Somaliland for the third time.

The government of Somalia angrily blasted CORD leader Raila Odinga after he declared his support for the breakaway Somaliland.

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SFG Ambassador Gamal Hassan of Somalia called Raila’s comment as irresponsible and would damage the country’s territorial integrity.

The criticism of Raila comes after he called on the international community to recognise Somaliland as an independent state.