Roma — The second phase of International Contact Group meeting on Somalia is expected on Tuesday to kick off in Roma,Italy, with high-ranking officials from Somali leaders along with the international donors to discuss the roadmap.
The two-day ICG meeting in Roma is attended by top Somali officials, including parliament speaker Sharif Hassan, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali and Defense minister Hussein Arab Isse. Augustine Mahiga, the special envoy of the current U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is also at the conference.
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, host of the International Contact Group on Somalia meeting, recommended for quick ending the current Transitional period and the election of a new Somali president in August 2012.
Somali PM Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, briefed leaders at the meeting in Roma over the latest military gains made by Somalia and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces against Al shabab militants in south and central Somalia.
The Horn of Africa nation has been mired in violence since a dictator regime led by Mohammed Said Barre was ousted in 1991 by armed warlords.