14 February 2013

Ethiopia: Speaker of the Parliament Receives His Somali Counterpart

Speaker of the House of People's Representatives, Abadula Gemeda, Deputy Speaker, Shitaye Minale and chairpersons of standing committees held talks today (February 14th ) with a delegation of Somali MP's led by Professor Mohammed Osman Jawari, Speaker of the Somali Parliament, and Deputy Speaker, Mahad Abdalla Awed at the Parliament Building.

Professor Jawari praised the event as "historic" and one that signified a new chapter in the relations between the two countries. He emphasized the importance of the meeting, offering a "great opportunity to build our partnership, inter-parliamentary cooperation, and friendship."

Speaker Abadula praised the political changes in Somalia and stressed the importance of strengthening the improvements in security, stability and establishment of a functioning administration.

He assured the Speaker that Ethiopia would continue to contribute to the peace and stability of Somalia, and work with the new government to realize the emergence of Somalia. Ethiopia, he said, had a strong belief that it can only develop in a situation where the entire region was tranquil; it therefore worked towards the stability of Somalia and the Horn in general. Speaker Jawari invited the Ethiopian delegation to visit Mogadishu at their convenience.

The two sides agreed to exchange draft MoU's for the establishment of inter-parliamentary cooperation and to table these for signing when the Ethiopian delegation visits Mogadishu. Speaker Abadula announced that the Ethiopian parliament will establish an Ethio-Somalia friendship committee to work to strengthen the relationship of the two peoples and governments.

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