Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

27 March 2013

Somalia: President Mohamud of Somali Attends the Arab League Summit in Doha

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia today (March 27th) gave a presentation of his government's plans to the Arab League Summit in Doha, including the government's aims of extending public facilities and government structures to all regions of Somalia as soon as possible and of its support for peace and unity for the whole of Somalia.

The two day Summit (March 26th-27th) was preceded by a Foreign Minister's meeting at the weekend. The Summit was opened by the Emir of Qatar, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani who opened the conference by inviting the opposition Syrian National Coalition to take Syria's seat at the Summit. In his opening speech the Emir touched on the fighting in Syria, the Afghan government peace talks with the Taliban, Palestine and said it was the duty of the Arab countries to lend a helping hand to the new government of Somalia.

The Emir said that he was aware of the great change in Somalia and his government would give them full support. He asked other Arab countries to help their Somalia brothers and offer them a helping hand. President Mohamud has had a number of bilateral meetings with Arab leaders to brief them on the government's aims and activities and its efforts to achieve peace, equality and justice in the country.

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