Egypt and Somalia
Sunday، 20 January 2013 12:00 AM
The relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Somalia are strong and durable, from the beginning. The deep relations could be described as historic and trade relations, since the Pharaohs Era, and specifically when Queen Hatshepsut - the Fifth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty - sent commercial missions to Punt-land and brought some of that region's products including incense.
As for modern Egyptian-Somali relations, Egypt is one of the first countries that recognized the independence of Somalia in 1960. The name of the Egyptian Martyr, Kamal El Din Salah, a United Nations delegate to Somalia, is still appreciated. Late Kamal El Din Salah gave his life in 1957 for his efforts to help Somalia gain independence and to maintain its territorial integrity.
Egypt supported Somalia as well, after its independence in various fields, especially in the field of education, where Egyptian teachers and schools were found in Mogadishu. Al Azhar missions and the teachers affiliated to Al-Azhar Al-Sharif had a role in spreading education and true Islamic teachings.