Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Somalia (Updated on October 2014)

A year after the independence of Somalia in 1960, the Commissioner of India to Mauritius was accredited as Ambassador of India to Somalia and presented Credentials in 1961.

Prime Minister of Somalia H.E. Dr. Abdirashid Ali Shermarke accompanied by Minister of Information visited India in 1963. H. E. Dr. Shermarke visited India again in 1968 as President of Somalia. Somalia’s Foreign Minister H. E. Dr. Abdurahman Jama Barre visited India in 1979. This was followed by the visits of Somalia’s Minister of Commerce & Industry in 1986 and of a Special Envoy of the President of Somalia in 1989.

After the outbreak of civil war in 1991, the Indian Embassy in Mogadishu was closed. Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs Shri Eduardo Faleiro visited Somalia in 1992.

Somalia maintains an Embassy in India. The High Commissioner of India to Kenya is concurrently accredited to Somalia. He visited Mogadishu from March 6-7 2011 to present credentials to H.E. President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed. He also met the TFG Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Deputy Prime Minister H. E. Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar during the visit. High Commissioner met H. E. President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Prime Minister H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi and Deputy Prime Minister H. E. Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali in Nairobi on 25 May 2011.  He met TFG Foreign Minister H. E. Mohamed Mohamud Haji Ibrahim in Nairobi on October 25 2011.

India’s trade with Somalia:

·         Export (US$ Million): 154.47 (April-August 2014)
·         Import (US$ Million): 30.49 (April-August 2014)
·         Total (US$ Million): 184.96 (April-August 2014)
·         Trade Balance (US$ Million): 123.98 (April-August 2014)

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