US military steps drone strikes in Somalia
Diplomatic ties between Somalia and Kenya have been at low point for the past five years, with former PM Roble pushed for a return to normalcy, and Mohamud and Uhuru pledged open new page after meeting in Mogadishu last May.
In addition, the Gulf country demanded an unnamed Emirati company to take over the management of a new airport set to be built south of Mogadishu, the capital.
Last month, Mohamud paid days-long visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a week after his innaguration.
Hassan Sheikh was re-elected in May 15 election as the 10th president of Somalia after beating Farmajo, who lost his race for a second term in the office after five years in power.
The MP from the semi-autonomous state of Jubaland was chosen earlier this month by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected by parliament in May after a long-delayed and stormy voting process.
Mohamud is a former academic and peace activist who was previously president from 2012 to 2017 but whose first administration was dogged by claims of corruption and infighting.
He made the remarks as he received Wednesday at Qasr Al Shati' Palace the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
UAE’s president Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has canceled an in-person meeting with the Somali president at the presidential palace in Abu Dhabi after he received a positive result on a coronavirus test.
Roble was praised for his courageous decision to restore ties with the UAE last month, as well as for returning $ 9.6 million in cash seized by NISA at Mogadishu airport in early April 2018 during Farmajo’s presidency.
The meeting comes as Hassan Sheikh is expected to appoint his new prime minister with reports that Puntland and Jubaland leaders have an influence in the decision-making.
Somalia’s governance is wanting at both national and federal, corruption is endemic and al-Shabaab militants are still a major threat, even firing mortars at the airport ahead of the inauguration.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected president of Somalia on 15th May in Mogadishu, five years after being voted out of office.