NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo held talks with Abiy Ahmed, who was confirmed by Ethiopia’s parliament as prime minister for a five-year term on Monday, his press office said on Tuesday.
Farmajo took his first trip abroad on Monday to Ethiopia since April when an extension of his term stoked tensions and led to clashes between two rival army factions that have riven the capital Mogadishu. He was welcomed on a green yellow carpet in the capital, Addis Ababa.
His visit came amid heightened rift with the prime minister and escalating political wrangling in the Horn of Africa nation despite growing international calls for de-escalation of tensions and resumption of talks to end differences.
In a speech, he had delivered at the inauguration ceremony of Ethiopian prime minister, Farmajo said Ethiopia and Somalia enjoy historical bilateral relations and a strong bond of friendship built on mutual respect, strong people-to-people relations and increasing inter-dependance. He wished success for Abiy and his new government.
In a statement, Somali president’s office said on Tuesday that he and the Ethiopian leader agreed on “enhancing bilateral cooperation towards regional security, economic growth” and development for mutual prosperity.
The Somali leader wished Abiy Ahmed “success while assuring him support as he enters the new term”, the statement added.
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