Somalia to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia
Somalia will recognise the sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the neart future. Somalia’s ambassador to Russia, Mohammed Khandule, says his government fully supports the right of both republics to self-determination.
South Ossetia and Abkhazia have so far been recognised by Russia and Nicaragua.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has given his permission for Russia's armed forces to combat pirates at sea and on land.
The move comes after a Ukrainian vessel was hijacked off the African coast last week.
“The special status granted to the Russian warships in Somalia means that they will be able to be present in our territorial waters completely legally and they'll be able to carry out special orders,” Khandule commented.
“It's quite close to the status of a military base, like those we had in the past,” he added.