Talks between Somalia’s Leaders Postponed One Day


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Talks between Somalia’s president and regional state leaders have been postponed one day after insults traded caused some of the participants to walk out of a meeting at Afisyoni camp in Mogadishu on Sunday.

The leaders took a one-day break from the talks on Monday for further consultation and the meeting was expected to be reconvened on Tuesday, though the new delay is said to be due to the absence of Galmudug leader Ahmed Qoorqoor.

The regional president returned to the town of Dhusamareb, the seat of power for his administration.

It comes as foreign ambassadors in Mogadishu press for an end to a long-standing dispute over the country’s elections, putting pressure on the federal and regional leaders to resolve tensions and agree on an election timetable.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, whose term ended two months ago, has rebuffed demands by Puntland and Jubaland leaders as differences remain over the agenda for an upcoming summit.

Talks are scheduled to resume on Wednesday and it is yet unclear if the two sides will make compromises on key sticking points.

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