SA, Somalia establish diplomatic ties

2012-03-13 17:52

Johannesburg - South Africa says it is establishing its first diplomatic relations with Somalia in hopes it can assist in the war torn east African nation's search for peace and democracy.

The South African foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane reached an agreement to exchange diplomats with her Somali counterpart in that country's transitional government.

It said only peace negotiations between all Somali armed groups could restore constitutional law after more than two decades of civil war.

The statement said South Africa was ready to share experiences of its own history in ending apartheid-era rule and building a new constitution.

Diplomats based in Kenya will act for South Africa until an embassy can be opened in Mogadishu.

  • Fred - 2012-03-13 18:09

    Like we've done in Zim?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-13 18:28

    Good work SA, instead of just hanging around the continent of Africa with its dictator cronies...this time they are really using their weight to balance things for good...maybe war can end someday and with it this somalian exodus in SA may cease.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-13 19:17

      The only weight South Africa has is Zooma's waist line!

      Penny - 2012-03-13 19:19


  • Blip - 2012-03-13 18:29

    What a waste of SA taxpayers' money! Somalia doesn't HAVE a proper government and it has nothing we need.

  • coleen.matthews - 2012-03-13 19:03

    Will this help bring back Bruno and Debbie safely and without ransom, taken hostage by Pirates in the Mozambique channel in Oct 2010 ??!!

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-13 19:06


      Penny - 2012-03-13 19:18

      Was thinking the same thing. Ignore the bafoon below, his question mark key was stuck. With this new diplomatic relations, we won't have any more SA citizens attacked and kidknapped at sea. Let's hope ...

  • Sylvia - 2012-03-13 19:41

    How about negotiating the return of our two kidnapped citizens, for a start?

  • Comrade - 2012-03-13 19:46


  • Derek - 2012-03-13 20:12

    What bull is this! The Somali Goverment is illigitimate and does not represent the wishes of the people, it represents the wishes of Western powers.

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