somalia Prime Minister holds first meeting with UN Special Representative Nicholas Kay Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, today welcomed The Special
Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, to
Villa Somalia for their first meeting since becoming Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister thanked Special Representative Kay for the UN’s continued
support rebuilding Somalia and looked forward to a positive and constructive
relationship going forward. SRSG Kay congratulated His Excellency Prime Minister
Ahmed on his appointment. The Prime Minister and Special Representative discussed
the formation of a new Cabinet, road map to elections in 2016 and international
support to Somalia through the New Deal.

“The relationship between the UN and Somalia goes back many years. We welcome
your continued support and there is a lot we will be working together on this year,
especially my government’s agenda of peace, security and
nation-building,” Prime Minister Ahmed said.

The pair discussed the expansion of security operations against Al Shabaab following
the UN Security Council’s approved expansion of AMISOM forces and greater
logistical support to the SNA. SRSG Kay passed on his condolences for the victims
of the attempted attack on Al Jazeera Hotel.

“Our security forces in partnership with AMISOM continue to expand their area
of operations and liberate further towns from Al Shabaab control with the tempo of
operations set to increase in the coming months,” the Prime Minister said.
“We are in agreement that it is crucial that security and military operations
are in coordination with the expansion of governance and local administrations on
the ground in liberated towns and regions