Somalia President and PM Hold First Direct Meeting, Weeks After Mediation Failed

Somalia president and PM

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble held their first direct meeting at the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Wednesday night, weeks after mediation to end their dispute had failed.

It came following efforts made by the president of Southwest regional state Abdiasis Laftagaren, who had also played a role in previous attempts aimed at mediating an end to the rift between the country’s most powerful leaders.

The preliminary meeting would pave the way for another round of talks between the president and his prime minister to bring an end to a dispute, nominally over the murder of a female spy.

Talks are set to begin on Thursday night when the two leaders will discuss outstanding issues that had earlier brought a mediation led by Galmudug leader Ahmed Qoorqoor to an abysmal failue.

A regional official had earlier said the collapse of talks was due to the president’s obstinacy and praised the prime minister for showing seriousness in engaging in negotiations over key sticking points.

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