(Medeshi)-The U.S. could send a strong diplomatic message about the premium it puts on stability and self-sufficiency by recognizing the breakaway region of Somaliland as an independent state.
The former British protectorate of 3.5 million people in the northeast corner of Somalia has been autonomous and relatively stable since 1991, surviving on remittances from its diaspora and fees from handling export shipments for landlocked Ethiopia. The benefit of recognition is that Somaliland would be able to negotiate trade deals with foreign states. The downside is that it would be eligible for its own foreign aid. As we’ve seen in Somalia proper, that can do a lot more harm than good.
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