Somali president returns back to Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia – High level delegation led by Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has returned back to Mogadishu, after attending two-day High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia held in Brussels.

President Farmajo and his delegation were warmly welcomed at Aden Adde International airport in Somali capital.

The Brussels Forum, which opened on Tuesday, was attended by the representatives of 58 countries and six international organizations acknowledging that the horn of Africa country is on the right path to recovery despite the major challenges it continues to face.

The acknowledgment was made, by the participants, after taking stock of the reforms undertaken on the political, security and economic sectors, since the last Partnership Forum held in London last year.

The participants also took the opportunity to set priorities that need to be addressed over the next 6-12 months.

Mr. President, Mohamed, said the country had made progress since he assumed leadership, in February last year, but cautioned his countrymen that they still face a myriad of challenges which must be tackled to help achieve lasting peace and security.

“There are no quick fix results for all Somali challenges but strong commitment, hard work and consistent evaluation are needed to achieve tangible results,” President Farmaajo said.

The President said over the last year, his government together with international partners had formulated a transition plan for the security framework, which is central to assuming the primary security responsibilities from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by 2020.

The Brussels Partnership Forum builds on two earlier meetings held in London and Mogadishu that not only agreed on the Security Pact and the New Partnership for Somalia but also prioritized a security transition plan.