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Somalia's PM Leads High-level Team To Visit Neighbouring States
Friday, April 05, 2013

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Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has embarked on a regional tour to neighbouring Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and possibly Kenya, at the head of a high-level delegation which includes Defence Minister Abdihakin Haji Mohamud Fiqi and Homeland Security Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled.

The Prime Minister, who left here Wednesday for Djibouti, said he wanted to discuss issues including regional security, trade, improving human rights, greater partnership and development with Somalia's neighbours.

The Somali delegation was welcomed at Djibouti by Djibouti Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed. After meeting with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and holding talks with government officials, the delegation will travel to Ethiopia on Friday.

The Prime Minister said the new Somalia highly regarded the strong and healthy relationship it had with its neighbours and the time had come to "thank and congratulate AMISOM and IGAD member states on their efforts to stabilise the county".

The trip by the Somali Prime Minister is set to boost relations with East African countries which have contributed troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Since his election, he has been making "Listening and Learning" tours to the central and southern regions of Somalia. After concluding the second phase of his tour within the country, the Prime Minister immediately started his tour of the East African region.

Meanwhile, several MPs in Somalia's Federal Parliament on Wednesday have arrived in the port city of Kismayo which is located 500 km south of the capital, Mogadishu.

According to our source radiowidhwidh.com, the MPs went there to show their full support to the ongoing Jubaland Conference which is designed to form a new administration for the Jubba and Gedo region of Somalia.

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