9 April 2013

Somalia: Somali PM's Visit to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, received Somalia's Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, in Addis Ababa over the weekend. Discussions focused on bilateral relations between the two governments as well as cooperation between the two countries in the security sector.

Prime Minister Hailemariam said peace and stability in Somalia significantly contributed to maintain peace in the Horn of Africa, and emphasized that the Ethiopian people and government will continue to strengthen its overall support until Somalia enjoys sustainable peace and stability. As Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia will also do all possible to its best towards sustaining peace and stability in Somalia.

The Somali Prime Minister, who was accompanied by several ministers, also met with the president of the Ethiopian Somali Regional State, Abdi Mohamud. Prime Minister Shirdon was expected to attend an IGAD ministerial meeting on Somalia but Ministers from member-states postponed the planned Sunday meeting because of the inauguration of the new president-elect of Kenya on Tuesday (April 9th).

Prime Minister Shirdon is visiting several IGAD states to thank and congratulate AMISOM and IGAD member states on their efforts to stabilize Somalia the county. Before leaving Mogadishu on Wednesday last week he said it was because of their efforts that that Somalia was back on track and is ready to play an important role on regional development. Discussions are expected to cover regional security, trade, improving human rights, greater partnership and development

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