Washington is increasingly calling for a representative office to be established in Somaliland, which welcomed a delegation of congressional staff in the capital, Hargeisa, in mid-December.
Diplomats and observers have said that in exchange for opening a diplomatic office or formal diplomatic recognition, the port of Berbera could help the United States diversify away from neighboring Djibouti, where China has a military base and has funded ports and free trade. and built. zones.
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President Musa Bihi Abdi said during the US fact-finding mission, which consisted mostly of Republican personnel, that Somaliland was determined to work with democratic countries such as the US.