Somalia’s leaders hold first talks on controversial oil deal with US firm


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s federal and regional leaders on Thursday held their first talks on a controversial oil exploration agreement signed by the government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud with a US firm last week.

Presidents of the five regional states gathered in Mogadishu for their first meeting with the federal leadership since the deal was signed. Some of them had earlier opposed the agreement, citing concerns that it may plunge the country into chaos.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, his Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre and the mayor of Mogadishu are also attending the conference.

Strengthening cooperation on the fight against Al-Shabaab and efforts to provide relief to communities in drought-stricken areas are also among the key issues both sides are discussing.

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