The United Kingdom’s Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson visited Somaliland in unannounced visit today on January 6th 2019.

The defense secretary met with the President of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Yasin Hagi Mohamoud, his counterpart Somaliland’s Defense Minister Essa Ahmed and Somaliland top army General Nuh Ismail Tani.

The purpose of Mr. Williamson’s visit to Somaliland and what he discussed with the President are unclear. Sources tell Somaliland Chronicle that Mr.
Williamson and President Bihi a one on one meeting that lasted several hours.

Political analysts and diplomatic sources are speculating that the United Kingdom is sending a clear message to Somalia with the Minister’s visit which is the culmination of high level rapprochement by the international community since the ouster of SSGR Nicholas Haysom by Somalia’s Federal Government.

This is a developing story and will update as we know more.


  1. Defence Secretary Williamson even had time to have lunch at the Officer’s Mess @ Army HQ. Somaliland doesn’t banish diplomats who offer criticism. What happened in Baydhabo & it’s aftermath have all the hallmarks of the late Barre dictatorship. It is true what they say, the Apple does not fall too far from the tree.

  2. What we consider as the people of sool and sanaag that U.K. Is number one of our enemy we know that they support somaliland aggression and massacres that happened in buhotle lasanod , hudun and tukaraq killing our innocent people and envading our land U.K. We will never forget the people that you have killed in taleex during the colonial error as well in Jidbaale destroying entire race we still alive and watching

    • Mahmud will you change the map of Somaliland? Go back to history.Buhoodle,Lascanoid,Hudun and Tukaraq all are part of Republic of Somaliland. About massacres you are talking all are lies which are made by Puntland.You just want to use tribalism that peoples from these region are HARTI so they must United with Puntland. The world now is different from the era of late dictator you can not hide anything like that time which is gone we are now in a free world with technology no more lies or hiding things which are talking about.The world knows about Puntland aggression so bro am sorry for what you are talking shame on you.