Somalia praises UAE relief to those affected by drought
On his first days in office, the president traveled to UAE, a Gulf country that is believed to have had an influence on his election.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The newly elected president of Somalia kicked off a visit to Djibouti on Saturday as part of his first Horn of Africa tour since his re-election on May 15 of this year.
Mohamud held a meeting with his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh, where both sides vowed to deepen brotherly relations and integration in the region which is facing numerous crises.
Somali president, whose first regional tour since taking office last month will also take him to Ethiopia to pledge a strong partnership and cooperation in security, trade, and counter-terrorism.
Mohamud campaigned during the electioneering period with the motto "Somalia at peace with itself and with the world", a promise that many ask if he will deliver, given the challenges in his country.
During his regional tour, according to Keydmedia Online sources, the Somali president discusses building new security and economic architecture with the leaders of the nations in East Africa.
On Friday, he visited Kenya, where he signed a deal on diplomatic ties, trade, aviation, and Khat with Uhuru Kenyatta. Previously, the president paid a trip to Eritrea to meet missing Somali troops.
Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Eritrea as well as Uganda and Burundi have contributed troops to AU's mission in Somalia to protect the weak UN-backed Somali government from Al-Shabaab.
On his first days in office, the president traveled to UAE, a Gulf country that is believed to have had an influence on his election. And after Abu Dhabi, he traveled to Turkey and met with Erdogan.
He commended the UAE’s continuous provision of supplies to various Somali states, including those most affected by drought, since the beginning of the crisis.