Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

16 February 2013

Somalia: Dr. Tedros Held Discussion With Speaker of Somali Parliament

Dr. Tedros Adhanom held discussion with a delegation of Somali MP's led by Speaker of the Parliament Mohammed Osman Jawari and Deputy Speaker, Mahad Abdalla Awed today (February ,15 ) in his office.

On the occasion Speaker Jawari briefed Dr. Tedros about the agreement reached between the two Houses to sign MoU which will enable them to strengthen inter parliamentary cooperation through capacity building, experience sharing and maintaining close working relationship in regional and continental parliamentary forums. Speaker Jawari also expressed his government's keen interest to work with Ethiopia in matters of foreign policy.

He noted the importance of harmonizing the views and positions of the two countries in international policy issues. Speaker Jawari also expressed Somalia's interest to work closely and forge a common position with Ethiopia on the major issues of discussion in the upcoming London Conference.

Professor Jawari thanked the Ethiopian government and people for their contribution to the peace and stability of Somalia on behalf of the Parliament and people of Somalia.

Dr. Tedros, reassured the speaker that Ethiopia is ready to work with Somalia in all matter of mutual interest. He in partuclar noted that Ethiopia will work with Somalia in the six priority areas set by the government. Discussing Somalia's reconstruction efforts, Dr. Tedros assured the Speaker that Ethiopia will work with Somalia in pushing donors to keep their promises. He welcomed the agreement of the two Houses to sign and MoU and emphasized the importance of strengthening people to people ties.

He said "as we are beginning a new chapter on our history, we need to work hard to build a culture of trust and confidence."

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