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By Hassan Juma
The Government of Somalia is set to open an Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa to strengthen the bilateral and economic ties of the two countries.
This was revealed during a meeting held in South Africa last weekend by the Somali community residing in South Africa.
They stressed the urgent need to increase Somalia’s diplomatic representation in South Africa where many Somalis experience racial assault on daily bases.
The newly appointed Somali Ambassador to South Africa, Sayid Hassan Sharif, has been meeting the Somali community in the Western Cape province since taking up the post at the beginning of this month.
He was also present in the weekend meeting and urged the Somali business community to help the government establish the first ever Somali Embassy in the former Apartheid nation.
The envoy emphasized the importance of having presence in South Africa. He said the embassy will strengthen Somali diplomatic engagement in the region, as well help protect the Somali expatriates in South Africa and unlock commercial opportunities for Somali traders.