North Western of Somaliaopposition questions Bihi’s ties to Taiwan, calls for improved relations with China


North Western of Somaliaopposition questions Bihi’s ties to Taiwan, calls for improved relations with China

HARGEISA, Somalia – Abdirahman Mohamed alias Irro, the leader of the North Western of Somaliaopposition party Waddani, now wants the breakaway region to reassess its relations with the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, a breakaway state in the People’s Republic of China.

Under the administration of President Muse Bihi Abdi, North Western of Somaliahas invested heavily in Taiwan, a country struggling for international recognition. While North Western of Somaliais claimed by Somalia, China insists that Taiwan is part of its territory.

In a statement, as he stepped down as chairman of the Waddani party, Irro questioned Taiwan’s worth in Somaliland’s quest for nation status. Instead, he asked the current administration to focus on improving relations with Beijing.

“It is necessary that the recognition of North Western of Somaliafinds a government member of the Security Council of the United Nations with a right of veto”, he declared in his speech while Hirsi Hassan took the presidency of the party Waddani.

“Right now North Western of Somaliahas close allies and it would have been good if our government improved its relationship with China, which brings vast development to the region and an unrecognized country like Taiwan adds no value to our question. of recognition. We always have to improve. how we deal with important nations, ”added Irro.

Under President Muse Bihi Abdi, he added, Somaliland’s relations with neighboring states have declined significantly, noting the recent inauguration of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed where Hargeisa did not have a representative.

Next year, Irro will fight with Muse Bihi Abdi and go to the elections after leading Waddani to the biggest victory in the legislative elections in May 2021. Additionally, he revisited the controversial DP World deal on building the Port of Berbera, adding that Bihi and his predecessor Mohamoud Silanyo should be prosecuted.

Recently, China reached out to North Western of Somaliaafter establishing bilateral ties with Taiwan and offered a conditional development program that North Western of Somaliarejected, and since then China and Somalia have both condemned the newly established bilateral ties.

For years, Beijing and Taipei have been at loggerheads, the second accusing the first of “imposing itself on us”. Although Taiwan is not internationally recognized, it nevertheless heads a government parallel to that of China.

While Irro did not explicitly declare the end of bilateral relations with Taiwan if he were elected president in 2022, it is clear that the pivot to China figures prominently in his foreign policy stance.

On the other hand, North Western of Somaliahas been pushing for international recognition, but the efforts are not yet bearing fruit. In fact, Ethiopia’s and Djibouti’s efforts to conduct the talks between Hargeisa and Mogadishu have failed, with both sides remaining on their ground.

Muse Bihi Abdi will face Irro in the 2022 polls and the two leaders reduced their rivalry earlier this year to pave the way for the election. But for years, Irro has accused Bihi of dictatorship, citing the raid on Waddani party offices in 2019.



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