Somalia’s President Calls for Meeting with Regional State Leaders


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has called for a new round of electoral talks with regional state leaders in a statement issued on Saturday as pressure builds on his government to hold elections immediately.

It has come hours after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for Somalia to hold credible elections immediately, urging Somali leaders to end a dispute that the US says is threatening the Horn of Africa country’s security.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, whose term ended more than a month and a half ago, is due to convene a meeting with regional state leaders in Mogadishu on February 22 2021 to end a political row over elections, his office said.

Regional leaders were urged to show up for the two-day summit, though the statement did not specify where it will be held.

Farmajo had earlier refused to convene the meeting at Halane base, which is home to international diplomatic missions, saying such a move might tarnish his image, while the regional state leaders of Puntland and Jubaland insisted that the conference be held at the heavily fortified base camp, citing security fears.

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