The United Kingdom has joined Russia and the United Arab Emirates in the scramble to set up military bases in Somaliland.
UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the weekend met President Mouse Bihi in Hargeysa, and discussed ways on strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
Somaliland, a former British colony, is yet to be recognised internationally.
The visit comes barely a week after Mr Williamson said the UK was keen on building new military bases around the world after Brexit. It is believed his visit to Somaliland sought to discuss the possibilities of setting up a base in the country.