Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon arrived in Kismayo on Tuesday on what his office called the next stage of his “Listening Tour” of the country. He has previously visited the central regions in mid-February where he reached an agreement on regional stabilization with Ahlu Sunna wal Jama’a, and earlier this month he negotiated an agreement on federalization, security, economic, and social issues with the government of Puntland.
On his arrival in Kismayo, at the head of a delegation including three ministers, four deputy ministers and 12 MPs, he said “We are here to listen, so we can govern better, regardless of the volatile security situation, we managed to come to Kismayo. It has been only five months ago that Al-Shabaab were terrorizing our people in this city.” The Prime Minister said the delegation also wanted to “show our support to the Somali army and AMISOM forces which were successful with their mission to defeat Al-Shabaab and to secure the region.”
The Prime Minister who stressed he wanted to reach out and show people how much the government was willing to move Somalia forward, will be holding talks on reconciliation, federalization and stabilization with the Kismayo city interim administration, clan leaders and civil society groups in Kismayo
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