Somali president has begun a three-day work visit to Eritrea
Somalia’s President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed (Farmajo) arrives in Asmara at midday today for a three-day historic visit at the invitation of President Isaias Afwerki.
Upon arrival at the Asmara International Airport, President Mohammed Abdullahi was accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki and senior Government and PFDJ officials.
Thousands of Asmara residents also turned to the streets of the city to greet President Farmajo and his delegation.
President Farmajo is the first President of Somalia to formally visit Eritrea.
Eritrea and Somalia have not had diplomatic ties for nearly 15 years but the visit is expected to open the doors for diplomatic relations and new cooperation between the two nations.
The Somali President was accompanied by his Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism; Minister of Transport; Minister of Construction; as well as State Minister at Foreign Ministry.
“Somalia is ready to write a new chapter of its relations with Eritrea,” Abdinur Mohamed, a spokesman for President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced on Twitter.
During his stay in Asmara, President Mohammed Abdullahi will discuss with President Isaias Afwerki on the development of bilateral relations between the two countries and on regional issues of interest to both countries.
“President Mohammed Abdullahi will visit development sites during his brief sojourn in Eritrea,” Said Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane G.Meskel.
President Abdullahi Farmajo is the second East African leader to pay a visit to Eritrea following a stunning diplomatic thaw between Eritrea and Ethiopia after more than two decades.
Somali President Eritrea Visit: A New Era in the Relations of Both Countries
Indicating that President Mohammed Abdullahi is visiting Eritrea for the first time, Mr. Tahir expressed that the visit will have an important contribution to the development of the mutual relations and cooperation between the two countries and peace and stability in the region.
Mr. Tahir underscored that peace and stability is the priority demand of the peoples in the region and that the stronger relations prevailing in the region will be an important step in the development of peace and stability.
President Isaias Afwerki also hosted lunch in honor of President Mohammed Abdullahi and his delegation.