Sunday 28 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the...
(AFP (eng) 05/11/17)
Somalia's president Thursday urged world powers to help him fight the "raging enemies" of terror, corruption and poverty, at an international conference aimed at stabilising the crisis-wracked country under his new leadership. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the London gathering that the conflict-ravaged state could thrive on the Somali natural flair for commerce if it can hold off the threats of famine, piracy and Islamic extremism. The one-day conference, attended by world leaders, is looking to strike a new agreement between Somalia and its international support
(AFP (eng) 05/11/17)
International leaders are gathering in London on Thursday to thrash out agreements with Somalia aimed at stabilising the country under its new political leadership. The one-day conference is looking to strike a new compact that will accelerate progress on security, development and the troubled east African country's economy by 2020. Britain's Foreign Office said it was aiming for "a new partnership for Somalia". The meeting is being co-chaired by Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and British Prime Minister Theresa May. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini is also attending, along with US
(Reuters (Eng) 05/11/17)
Somalia's government and its foreign backers said on Thursday they were hammering out a plan to try and strengthen the army to take over the fight against al Shabaab militants from over-stretched African Union troops. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told a London conference the scheme would aim to unite Somalia's main army with a range of regional forces based across the divided and chaotic territory. The African Union troops have clawed back most of Somalia's main towns and cities...
(AFP (eng) 05/05/17)
The Somali government sacked the country's auditor-general on Friday, after his bodyguards were accused of shooting dead the minister of public works, apparently by accident. Abbas Abdullahi Siraji, the 31-year-old public works minister, was killed on Wednesday when government security guards shot at his vehicle outside the presidential palace. After an emergency cabinet meeting, the prime minister's office issued a statement announcing auditor-general Nur Jimale Farah's dismissal. "After hearing a report about the killing of minister Abas Siraji, the minister...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/17)
Somalia's president cut short a trip to Ethiopia on Thursday, the day after a cabinet minister was accidentally shot and killed in Mogadishu by another official's guards. "The president of the republic, who is now outside the country, decided to cut his trip short to participate in the burial," said Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. Abbas Abdullahi Siraji, the 31-year-old public works minister, was killed on Wednesday when his vehicle was mistakenly shot at by government security guards outside the...
(Xinhuanet 04/20/17)
Somalia is keen to strengthen bilateral ties with China in order to hasten the country's reconstruction after decades of civil strife, a Somali minister has said. State Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdulkadir Ahmedkheyr Abdi said Beijing has for decades lent a helping hand to the Horn of Africa nation with projects including Benadir Hospital, the National Theatre and the Mogadishu Stadium. "Somalia is the first East African country to establish diplomatic ties with China," the minister told Xinhua in a recent interview. He lauded China for standing with Somalia through a tumultuous journey marked by civil war, terrorism and natural calamities since the two countries established diplomatic relationship in 1960.
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AfricaNews 04/13/17)
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary since Eritrea and Ethiopia agreed to draw a borderline, the European Union (EU) says it remains concerned over tensions between the two countries, stating that it was bad for security in the Horn of Africa region. ‘‘The EU remains deeply concerned that the present stalemate continues to put regional stability at risk, with potentially negative implications on international peace and security as well as international trade, and hampers regional cooperation and development,’‘ a...
(AFP (eng) 04/07/17)
Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday declared war against Shabaab extremists, offering amnesty to militants who surrendered within 60 days and warning the rest would "face the consequences". "I am announcing a state of war in the country and call on the public to stand with the national army to help fight terrorists," the president, widely known by his nickname Farmajo, told a press conference. His remarks come a day after a car bomb in the Somali capital left seven dead in a restaurant. According to an AFP tally around 80 people have died in bomb attacks
(Voice of America 04/03/17)
Somalia’s new prime minister, Hassan Ali-Khaire, said he is mobilizing his government to tackle corruption and vowed to make the fight against misconduct a non-negotiable principle in his administration. Speaking at an official handover ceremony from the outgoing finance minister, Mohamed Adan Ibrahim "Farketi", to the new minister, Abdirahman Duale Beyle, Khaire expressed his concerns about the need for Somalia to be governed on transparency principles. “I and the president will never accept public property embezzlement, and we will crusade against those involving corruption,” he said.
(The East African 04/03/17)
Mogadishu — Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak arrived in Mogadishu on Sunday with a bag of goodies. Mr Kaynak and his delegation were received at Mogadishu's the Aden Abdulle International Airport by Somalia's Deputy PM Mahdi Mohamed Guled and several state officials. The Turkish delegation immediately held talks with the Somali officials at the airport on, among other issues, the current drought in the Horn of Africa region. Later, Mr Kaynak handed over to the Mogadishu authorities 52 trucks...
(Daily Nation 03/31/17)
Many media commentators wrote surprisingly of the successful official state visit of Somalia's President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, to Kenya on Thursday last week. In fact, the Somali President's warm welcome by his counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, was not the main story as this was a given, but how quickly they moved to agree strategic action on all matters of common concern and opportunity within this single face-to-face encounter. All the agreed policies at this fruitful meeting from security, trade and...
(The New York Times 03/30/17)
President Trump has relaxed some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties when the American military carries out counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, laying the groundwork for an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa. The decision, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations, gives commanders at the United States Africa Command greater latitude to carry out offensive airstrikes and raids by ground troops against militants with the Qaeda-linked Islamist group Shabab. That sets the stage for an intensified pace of combat there, while increasing the risk that American forces could kill civilians. Mr. Trump signed a directive on Wednesday declaring parts of Somalia
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
Somali Parliament on Wednesday approved a new cabinet appointed by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire a week ago. Lower House Deputy Speaker Abdiweli Ibrahim Mudey announced that 224 lawmakers voted in favor of the cabinet, 15 rejected the list and two abstained. The move ended anxiety that many analysts say could have crippled the operations of the new government formed after successful in-direct presidential elections in February. Speaker of the Lower House Mohamed Osman Jawari lauded the lawmakers for endorsing the ministers. "Parliament did their constitutional duties and we urge the executive
(Shabelle News 03/30/17)
President of Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abduallahi Farmaajo, in a written speech distributed to the leaders of the Arab world attending at 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League, discussed Somalia's progress, priorities and remaining challenges going forward. The president acknowledged that most of the Arab world is currently facing grave challenges stemming from the threats of insecurity, political upheaval and economic distress. In light of this, the President called on Arab leaders to unite to overcome these...
(Standard Digital 03/28/17)
The democratic installation of Mohamed Mohamed as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia is the most hopeful political development in the war-torn Horn of Africa country in decades. Mr Mohamed, a New York resident – and dual US-Somali citizen – is likely to lead a national renaissance in one of the most tortured countries on earth. Somalia has not known peace since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. President Mohamed, the urbane technocrat educated at the...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Somalia's new president appealed to the international community Thursday for more aid to avert a famine threatening his country that could also undermine fledgling political hopes born in his peaceful election. "Almost half of our people are facing acute food shortages and about 15 percent are facing famine" amid a severe drought, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, said in a video conference with the United Nations Security Council. "Among the many pressing priorities for my administration, responding effectively to the current humanitarian crisis tops the agenda," he said.
(Capitalfm Business 03/23/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, following talks with Somali’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced that direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu would be relaunched within a fortnight. “We’ve directed the security teams from both countries to meet immediately and agree on modalities of relaunching direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu and this is to happen with the first flight being within two weeks.” A move welcomed by Mohamed, more popularly known by his nickname Farmajo, when he, together with President...
(Shabelle News 03/23/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew to Kenya Thursday, for his first State visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The President accompanying top Government officials jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of State summit on Somali refugees which is expected to kick start next Saturday. Sources said, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will hold talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, to discuss the bilateral relations between...