Somaliland delegation attending inauguration of Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te

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By M.A. Egge

A high-level delegation from the Republic of Somaliland is attending the inauguration of the president of Taiwan Lai Ching-te and his deputy Hsiao Bi-khim.

The swearing ceremony is slated to be duly held on Monday.

As reported by SOLNA News Agency quoting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Somaliland delegation is gracing the occasion with their presence as part of the 51 international delegations that is attending the inauguration of the 16th elected president of Taiwan

The Somaliland delegation is led by the first deputy Speaker of the Senate Hon. Saeed Jama Ali, together with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Rooda Jama Ilmi, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives Hon. Mohamed Hassan Saeed and MP Omar Jama Farah from the same Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Representatives.

The delegation was warmly welcomed in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei by officials.

Somaliland and Taiwan has strong cordial and diplomatic relations that has continued fledgling and being bolstered as time goes.

The new Taiwanese leader is a former physician who has steadily rose up the political ladder since he first became the Tainan city mayor for seven years.

He was later appointed as Taiwan prime minister in 2017 to 2019 before becoming the out-going president Tsai Ing-wen’s vice president from 2020 to date.

He won the presidential elections in January 13th 2024 elections nd is to be sworn in on Monday 20th May 2024, that see Somaliland grace the occasion as part of the 51 foreign delegates that have thronged Taipei.

The 64 year old new leader will be deputized by Hsiao Bi-khim, a 52 year old distinguished lady diplomat who is a political scientist that first became an MP 22years ago.