Garowe Online (Garowe)

9 February 2013

Somalia: President Hassan Returns From Historic Foreign Trip

Mogadishu, Somalia — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has returned to Mogadishu on Friday from his foreign visits abroad where Somalia was formally internationally recognized, Garowe Online reports.

President Hassan landed at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu to a red carpet reception from government officials including Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari, cabinet officials and MPs.

President Hassan returned from visits meeting with heads of state of the United States, United Kingdom, Egypt and Belgium as Somalia's non-transitional Federal Government was formally recognized by the US for the first time since the collapse of the central government.

During his visit to Brussels, President Hassan made a compelling speech stating that Somalia was in need of assistance as it was emerging from war and in the rebuilding stage. "Somalia is where Europe was in 1945," continuing President Hassan said, "We need the support of the whole international community."

After meeting with 27 EU foreign ministers, the EU pledged a more strengthened campaign to help Somalia with an upcoming conference scheduled for this fall that will work out a "new deal for Somalia".

In his last destination in his trip, President Hassan after meeting with Organization on Islamic Cooperation (OIC) officials in Cairo, spoke to Somali Diaspora in Cairo where he was asked about the deployment of UK forces to Somalia.

President Hassan stated that the Somali Federal Government and Britain would agree on how the British troops could provide training for the Somali forces.

British media stated that the troops who would be deployed to Mogadishu were sent to protect the new British embassy in the war-torn capital.

More and more countries are pledging to establish embassies in Somalia as the country has been winning the battle against Al Shabaab.

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