7 September 2013

Somalia: Jubaland President Arrives in Mogadishu for Talks

Mogadishu — The President of Somalia's Jubaland Administration Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) has arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday for talks on the completion of "Jubba Agreement", Garowe Online reports.

President Madobe was accompanied by Jubaland officials and traditional elders and he was received at Aden Adde International Airport by Somali Federal Government Minister of Interior and National Security, Abdikarin Hussein Guled.

Addressing the media members who congregated at the airport, President Madobe noted that his aim is to discuss the remaining points of Jubba agreement with Federal Government of Somalia.

"I will hold bilateral discussions with the Somali Federal Government officials to together overcome the other standing differences between us [Federal Govt and Jubaland]," said Ahmed Madobe.

After intense and IGAD brokered bilateral talks in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Federal Government of Somalia and Jubaland agreed on 23 points of agreement on 28 August.

Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs whose Minister Tedros Adhanom played the negotiations a vital role as the chair of IGAD foreign Ministers says, the agreement is based on three major principles; respecting the legitimate Provisional Federal Constitution (PFC) of Somalia, respecting the unity and sovereignty of Somalia and Fighting against Al Shabaab.

Ahmed Madobe became the leader of Kismayo Interim Administration and later was elected as Jubaland President in a huge convention which brought together 500 delegates on15 May, 2013 in southern port city of Kismayo.

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