Somaliland and Taiwan History
The Republic of China (Taiwan) recognizes the Republic of Somaliland as an independent country, and the two countries have gradually established good interactive relations since 2007. On February 26, 2020, the Government of the Republic of China and the Government of Somaliland signed the “Bilateral Protocol between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of the Republic of Somaliland” in Taipei after consultations between the Republic of China’s Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie and the Somaliland’s Foreign Minister Mu Yassin.
The two countries have agreed to establish mutual official representative offices under the names of Taiwan Representative Office and Somaliland Representative Office, and the treatment shall be similar to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which deals with the privileges and immunities of diplomats. After the signing ceremony, Mu Yassin will also meet with President Tsai Ing-wen. On July 1, Wu Zhaoxie officially announced that the unveiling date will be further negotiated by the two countries; Somaliland President Bihi shared Tsai Ing-wen’s tweets on Twitter and expressed his gratitude to Tsai Ing-wen during his visit to Taiwan. Reception, the relationship between the two countries is built on shared value and mutual respect.
On July 3, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China announced that Luo Zhenhua, Counselor of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will serve as the first representative in Somaliland; Mud served as the first representative in Taiwan, arrived in Taiwan on August 7.
On August 17, 2020, the Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland (Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland) was established in Hargeisa, the capital, hosted by the first representative Luo Zhenhua and Somaliland Foreign Minister Mu Yassin At the unveiling ceremony, the national flag of the Republic of China was raised in front of the representative office. The foreign ministers of the two countries signed the Agreement on Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of the Republic of Somaliland.