Mogadishu, 29 April 2013 The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and his delegation of Ministers, MPs and other dignitaries, concluded their two day working visit with the President of Puntland, H.E. Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamud Farole and his Cabinet members in Garowe, Puntland.
At a joint press conference this afternoon both Presidents vowed to honour and implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed last month and other previous agreements, and to work together towards reconciliation and the unity of the Somali people.
The President of Somalia said: “I thank President Farole, his Cabinet and the people of Puntland for the warm welcome afforded to us during our two day visit. Puntland has played an important part in ending the transition process and continues to play a critical role in the future of Somalia.
“The Federal Government is in the process of implementing the constitutional process and improving stabilisation in the country and I ask Puntland to continue to work with us to see this through.”
The President briefed the President of Puntland on the London Conference (7th May), and stressed that this will be co-chaired by Somalia and the United Kingdom. The objective is to support the priorities of the Federal Government, namely security sector reform, judicial reform and improved public finance management.
The President said, “This London Conference is historic. For two years in a row, the UK has hosted the major conference on Somalia and all the people of Somalia will benefit greatly. I have asked President Farole and the Puntland government to work with the Federal Government to ensure that the outcomes of this second Conference are fully realized throughout the country.”
This working visit by the President continues the programme of political outreach by the President and the Federal Government to all parts of Somalia.
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