Somalia President Visits Eritrea After Egypt Trip



President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed of the Republic of Somalia arrived in Asmara in the early morning hour of today, 24 April, for a working visit in Eritrea.

Upon arrival at the Asmara International Airport, President Mohammed Abdullahi was accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Osman Saleh and other high level Eritrean officials.

In their meeting at State House today, President Isaias and President Mohammed discussed on reinforcing bilateral relations as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The two presidents also discussed on the status and progress of Eritrea-Somalia ties of cooperation and partnership as well as vital matters pertaining to Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The Somali leader was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Mr. Abdulahi Godax Bare and other senior Somali officials.

President Mohammed subsequently departed to Mogadishu in mid afternoon hours of today.

President Mohammed traveled to Asmara for the second time in July last year where he and President Isaias agreed to establish diplomatic relations, exchange ambassadors and promote bilateral trade.

Eritrean president also visited Somalia four months ago to cement the renewed ties.

President Mohammed also joined a tripartite summit in Asmara that involved the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The trio met again in Ethiopia in continuing with the tripartite arrangement that was meant at greater regional and economic integration.

The meetings were at the heart of a move by Somalia’s parliament to impeach the president with the reason that he had entered into international agreements without legislative approval.

* Shabait and Africa News contributed to the story.