Somalia president back in Mogadishu as SNA gains ground
The leaders of Jubaland and HirShabelle states Ahmed Madobe and Ali Gudlawe respectively arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Federal and regional leaders are expected to open a meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia in an effort by President Hassan Sheikh to break the political impasse.
The much-anticipated talks between Hassan Sheikh and the Presidents of Somalia’s regional states are set to kick off in Villa Somalia, the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Sunday.
The leaders of Jubaland and HirShabelle Ahmed Madobe and Ali Gudlawe respectively arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday while the remaining three leaders are expected in the coming hours.
The meeting is due to focus on the differences among the political stakeholders in Somalia, who are in a deadlock over the share of national resources, donor funds, and power-sharing system.
The new government led by Hassan Sheikh is trying to resolve the dispute through dialogue and find a united front against Al-Shabaab and the ongoing drought that affected over 7 million people.
Last week, the finance ministers of the regional states said they suspended all cooperation with the Federal ministry of finance after failing to agree on the share of a $100 million financial aid from the World bank.
After the funeral, the president returned to New York, where he delivered a keynote speech on Somalia's situation, politically, economically, and security at the UN general assembly.