Somalia boosts diplomatic, security and trade ties

MOGADISHU – Somalia has been focusing on restoring and strengthening diplomatic relations, security and trade ties, since Feb 8, 2017 after Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was elected as the president of Somalia.

Mohamed was declared victorious after incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following the second round of voting.

Amid rising security concerns, the 328 members of Parliament met at an air force hangar in Mogadishu to cast their votes.

In Ethiopia, Mohamed has held talks with UNSG, EU Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

He also met with Qatari State Minister for Foreign Affairs after 32nd session of the assembly of heads of states of the African Union summit was wrapped up in Addis Ababa capital.

Mr. Mohamed says he discussed with EU Vice President and High Representative and Qatar’s minister on diplomatic, security and trade ties.

He asked all leaders whom Mohamed met in Addis Ababa to express their full support to his government battling against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.

The President of Somalia says he also met with Ethiopia, Djibouti and Ugandan leaders, discussing on ways to eradicate the terrorist group of Al Shabaab based in Somalia.

The al Qaeda linked Al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s government, routinely targets AU forces stationed in the country.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 by Somali troops backed by AMISOM soldiers.