Thursday, June 22, 2017

Somalia: President Farmajo to Leave for Uganda on a State Visit
MOGADISHU, Somalia- A high-level delegation led by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is expected left for Uganda on Wednesday on a state visit, Garowe Online reports.

State House Media officer has confirmed President Farmajo's state visit to the East African country, after receiving an official invitation from his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni.

During his visit to Kampala, Somali President is scheduled to meet with Museveni.

Both leaders will discuss matter pertaining to bilateral relations and mutual interests with a special emphasis on the region's security and fight against al-Shabaab.

"Uganda and Somalia enjoy warm and cordial relations founded on trust, cooperation and mutual interests," said the officer at Villa Somalia, who spoke to GO on condition of anonymity.

This will be the third visit to the neighboring countries since taking office last February.

Uganda provides the biggest contingent of soldiers to the 22,000 strong AU forces (AMISOM) who are protecting the UN-backed Somalia's government based in Mogadishu.

AMISOM has helped push al-Shabaab out of most of Somalia's major towns, however, the militants continue to mount deadly suicide bombings and guerrilla attacks in the country.


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