13 January 2013

Somalia: President Hassan Flies to the U.S. for First Visit

Mogadishu — The president of Somalia 's federal government Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has traveled to the United States on a trip to boost relations with the U.S. Government, Garowe Online reports.

President Hassan flew from Mogadishu on Sunday accompanied by Foreign Minister Fosia Yusuf Haji Aden.

A statement from President Hassan 's office said that the Somali president was visiting the U.S. " to boost cooperation on security, humanitarian, and development matters " in Somalia with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C.

Since his election in September 2012, President Hassan has traveled to a number of countries to boost ties, including Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, and Turkey.

President Hassan is the first leader of the Somali federal government that emerged in August 2012, after Somalia underwent 22 years without a permanent government recognized internationally.

The U.S. Governme nt is among the donor co untries that funds the African Union M ission in Somalia ( AMISOM) peacekeep ing operation that ass ists the Somali government forces in south-central Somalia, including Mogadishu and Kismayo.

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