Abu Dhabi — The governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Federal Republic of Somalia have inked a new Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation, Garowe Online reports.
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Ms. Fosia Yusuf Haji Aden, signed the agreement on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
According to UAE media, the MOU aims to strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Somalia, with focus on "political, security, diplomatic, economic, investment, and development s ectors", according to media reports.
Furthermore, UAE media reported that the agreement establishes formal diplomatic ties between the two countries, with the UAE government pledging to open its embassy in Mogadishu.
The signing of the MOU comes two days after General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, received Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on March 29, 2013, at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
President Hassan arrived in the UAE after attending the Arab League Summit in neighboring Doha, Qatar, where the Somali leader updated Arab League leaders about ongoing progress in the country and requested continued assistance.