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Egypt re-establishes diplomatic ties with Somalia

Africa Review
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Egypt has become the latest country to re-establish ties with Somalia as the world continues to support the Horn of Africa country's recovery effort.

A delegation led by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr Sunday met top Somali leaders in Mogadishu where he reiterated that his country's readiness to work with Somalia.

Mr Amr paid a courtesy visit to Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and Speaker of the Federal Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari before holding a meeting with his Somali counterpart, Fawziya Yusuf Haji Aden.

Ms Fawzia, who is also a deputy prime minister, said that Egypt was in a good position to assist the Somali government in important spheres.

"Foreign Minister Amr confirmed to us that Egypt will help Somalia in various areas including security, defence, health, education and empowerment of state institutions,” said Ms Fawzia.

She added: "We are pleased to have signed a number of agreements with our Egyptian counterparts as well as the reopening of their embassy."

"Our new approach will replicate the friendly ties Egypt had with Somalia in the 1960s," said Mr Amr, adding that Egypt would soon ensure it had full diplomatic presence in Mogadishu.

Mr Amr’s visit was the first by an Egyptian minister to Somalia in more than 20 years.

Following the collapse of the central government in 1991, Somalia descended into lawlessness, forcing most countries to withdraw their diplomats from Mogadishu.

A transitional government, backed by an African force, is just starting to establish itself after major victories against Al-Shabaab militants.

Many countries have since declared the resumption of diplomatic relations with Somalia.


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