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New UK Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and Red Sea appointed: Alison Blackburne



Alison Blackburne has replaced Sarah Montgomery OBE as the UK Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and Red Sea.

By Kasim Abdulkadir:

The United Kingdom is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Blackburne as the new UK Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and Red Sea. Blackburne succeeds Sarah Montgomery OBE in this crucial diplomatic role, bringing with her a wealth of experience in international affairs.

Alison Blackburne’s extensive diplomatic career includes serving as the British High Commissioner to Uganda and British Ambassador to South Sudan. With her deep understanding of the region and proven track record in diplomatic engagement, Blackburne is poised to lead the UK’s response to international activity in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea.

In her new role, Blackburne will work closely with key stakeholders to address a wide range of issues, from humanitarian crises to trade, investment, and regional security. Her appointment comes at a critical time for the region, with ongoing conflicts, security challenges, and the need for sustainable development.

Deputy Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell emphasized the UK’s commitment to building long-term partnerships in the Horn of Africa and wider East Africa, as well as across the Gulf. He highlighted the importance of addressing pressing issues such as conflict, humanitarian crises, and climate change while fostering economic cooperation and trade.

Alison Blackburne expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve in this important capacity, emphasizing the dynamic nature of the Horn of Africa region and the UK’s dedication to promoting peace, stability, and prosperity for its people. She underscored the importance of addressing key challenges such as conflict, instability, humanitarian crises, and climate change, while harnessing the opportunities for regional economic cooperation and trade.

Blackburne’s appointment signals the UK’s continued commitment to engaging with international partners to address the complex challenges facing the Horn of Africa and Red Sea region. Her leadership and expertise will be instrumental in advancing the UK’s diplomatic efforts and fostering positive change in the region.

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Somaliland Takes Big Step Towards Recognition with Diaspora-Led Initiative



HARGΕISA, SOMALILAND – A new wave of hope washes over Somaliland as a dedicated group of diaspora researchers embarks on a groundbreaking mission to secure international recognition for their homeland.

This passionate team, comprised of highly educated Somalilanders scattered across the globe, is strategically building a compelling case for the UN to finally recognize Somaliland’s long-held independence.

A Two-Pronged Approach for Success:

  • Empowering Transparency and Expertise: The researchers are filling a critical gap by providing much-needed expertise in navigating the complex world of international diplomacy. Their independent efforts will complement existing government initiatives, offering valuable insights and fostering transparency through media communication. Every step of the process, from drafting UN appeals to engaging with diplomatic circles, will be readily accessible to the public.

  • Tackling Nepotism Head-On: Recognizing that internal challenges can hinder progress, the researchers are also tackling the issue of clan and tribal nepotism within the local government. Their meticulous documentation will expose the detrimental effects of such practices, paving the way for a meritocratic system that fosters true progress.

A Collaborative Effort for a Brighter Future:

This initiative represents a powerful call to action for all Somalilanders. The researchers are building a comprehensive online database – accessible to everyone – that will serve as a central hub for information, ideas, and participation. This is a chance for every Somalilander, no matter their location, to contribute to the cause.

Time for Change:

The launch of this comprehensive strategy marks a turning point for Somaliland. By addressing both external and internal obstacles, the diaspora researchers are paving the way for a future where Somaliland’s rightful place in the international community is finally recognized.

Join the Movement:

If you are a Somalilander passionate about seeing your homeland flourish, here’s how you can get involved:

Together, let’s build a brighter future for Somaliland!

Somaliland Diaspora Researchers

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