Good afternoon, I would like to thank the President of Galmudug, His Excellency Ahmed Abdi\u00a0Kariye\u00a0and his team, for the warm welcome provided to us today. I am here with the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira; also the European Union\u2019s Deputy Head of Delegation to Somalia, Nicole Miller; and from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Head of Mission, Jamal Ahmed Ibrahim. We are very pleased to be in\u00a0Dhusamareb\u00a0today. This is our second visit to a Federal Member State this month. Despite the\u00a0limited in-person\u00a0engagement\u00a0during\u00a0recent\u00a0months because\u00a0of the COVID pandemic,\u00a0we have\u00a0remained\u00a0in close communication with President\u00a0Ahmed Abdi\u00a0Kariye\u00a0and with the Galmudug administration\u00a0via virtual meetings, as we have with other Federal Member State leaders,\u00a0and\u00a0we also had the honour of meeting the President in Mogadishu\u00a0in September. In our meeting today with the President, we discussed the importance of continuing good relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States. We have been encouraged by the revitalization of the dialogue between the Federal Government and\u00a0all of\u00a0the Federal Member States.\u00a0In this respect, I would like to commend, on behalf of our group, President Ahmed Abdi Kariye for his leadership in\u00a0hosting\u00a0the series of meetings in\u00a0Dhusamareb\u00a0in\u00a0July and August\u00a0leading to\u00a0the consultative meetings in Mogadishu last month during which the agreement on the elections model was reached. We urge all of Somalia\u2019s leaders to continue\u00a0to collaborate\u00a0in this manner with the preparations for the national elections so that they are underpinned by transparency, fairness and inclusivity. This\u00a0will\u00a0include\u00a0ensuring that the 30 per cent quota for women\u2019s representation in the parliamentary elections is achieved and that the\u00a0delegate selection\u00a0committees include\u00a0diverse\u00a0representation. While here in\u00a0Dhusamareb, we also commended President Ahmed Abdi\u00a0Kariye\u00a0for his efforts at reconciliation and we urge that this continue. \u00a0We also registered our concern over recent security incidents, as al-Shabaab has threatened the population. We welcomed the presence of AMISOM forces to support Somali Security Forces to maintain peace and security. Partners are meanwhile working with the Galmudug Administration to advance\u00a0programmes for\u00a0the police as part of a broader\u00a0security sector strategy. As we conclude our visit, we appreciate the warm welcome from the people of Galmudug.\u00a0The\u00a0AU, EU, IGAD and UN will continue to stand with\u00a0you as friends and partners. Thank you, Mr. President.