28 June 2014

Somalia: Puntland President Returns Home After Dubai, Kenya Trip

Garowe — The President of Somalia's Northeastern State of Puntland Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has returned to the state capital of Garowe after over a week-long visit to the United Arab Emirates and the neighboring country of Kenya on Saturday,Garowe Online reports.

Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar Amey, Parliament Speaker Saed Hassan Shire, Puntland Defence Forces Commander-In-Chief Gen. Saed Mohamed Hirsi (Saed Dhere), cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and members of the public received President Gaas at Garowe International Airport where he was saluted by army division.

Addressing media members at Puntland State House, Dr. Gaas initially conveyed his best wishes to Somalis more generally and Puntland people on the occasion of fasting month of Ramadan.

He requested Puntland people to take advantage of Ramadan and forgive each other. Puntland leader also congratulated Djibouti on its 37 years of independence.

"My trip related to Puntland's ties with neighboring and brotherly countries. My visit to [United Arab Emirates] was good and I met with government officials," President Gaas went on.

He told that he held discussions on politics, security and state building with Kenya-based International diplomats as Pressure mounts on Puntland over security in and around UN agencies complex.

On Friday, Puntland president met Kenya's leader Uhurru Kenyatta when he called on him at Harambee State House.

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