Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu met with a delegation led by Musa Hassan Yousuf, chair of Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission, Jan. 4 in Taipei City to discuss democracy, the like-minded partners’ electoral systems and bilateral relations.
Since Taiwan and Somaliland established mutual representative offices in 2020, the two countries have deepened cooperation in areas such as agriculture, information and communications technology, public health and women’s empowerment, Wu said. The current visit will help group members gain deeper insight into Taiwan’s political and economic development, as well as its electoral processes, he added.
According to Wu, Taiwan and Somaliland share the values of freedom and respect for the rule of law, and both have resolutely pursued democracy in the face of challenges and repression. The government will continue to work closely with the like-minded partner to deepen ties, he said.
In response, Yousuf called Taiwan an important partner of Somaliland and expressed appreciation for the country’s assistance, adding that he is impressed by Taiwan’s efficiency in completing vote counting on election day.
Following the meeting, the delegation attended a luncheon hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Remus Li-kuo Chen to exchange views on electoral practices. Other attendees included Vice Minister of the Interior Wu Tang-an, Central Election Commission Vice Chair Chen Chao-chien and Shen Feng-liang, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Justice’s Agency Against Corruption.
On its official X account, the MOFA said, “Minister Wu & Vice Minister Chen had engaging discussions with Musa Hassan Yousuf’s @SLNECHQ delegation, exchanging approaches to keep civil society thriving. As a vibrant democracy, #Taiwan takes great pleasure in seeing democratic values take firm root & flourish worldwide.” (YCH-E)
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