His Excellency the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, expressed gratitude to Birmingham City Council for recognizing his country’s right to reclaim its independence and re-establish its place at international fora and the UN.

Birmingham, the second largest city of England of the United Kingdom approved Somaliland’s right to sovereignty on Monday, following similar votes on Somaliland independence by Cardiff, Tower Hamlets and Sheffield.Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, table and indoor

“It was a brave and bold step the honourable council of Birmingham has taken on Monday to endorse the sovereignty and right to reclaim its independence of Somaliland,” the President said in a statement released by his office, Tuesday.

“The City Council of Birmingham have, in this step, demonstrated a healthy and encouraging recognition of the Republic of Somaliland and my nation’s right to be fully recognized by the international community,” the President stated.

“On the same token, the people of Somaliland have been deeply moved by the city’s vote of approval, and are eternally grateful to the Council and the people of Birmingham,” he added.

President urged the international community, at large, to acknowledge his country’s achievements and rightful place alongside sovereign nations by recognizing its right to reclaim its internationally recognized status before 1 July 1960.

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