Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The presidents of Somalia and Ethiopia have warned against any attempts to derail the on-going momentum in the region saying it will undoubtedly hamper the progress Somalia is making towards peace and reconciliation.
Fully aware of the need for comprehensive and coordinated approach to tackle the modern-day risks of terrorism and poverty, the two leaders agreed to continue to forge a strong partnership that benefits the two nations and the region.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia and President Isaias Afwerki, President of the State of Eritrea, made the statement during a two-day consultation meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 13th-14th 2018.
The two Presidents agreed to strengthen the two nation’s historical relations through further cooperation in all areas of mutual benefit including trade, investment and people to people relations.
Further to that, they reaffirmed their commitment to enhance the momentum in the Horn of Africa Cooperation with a focus on regional partnership for common development, progress and prosperity.
The leaders are united to object the dissemination of any harmful, unsubstantiated and politically motivated misinformation and are calling all to positively contribute to the peace and stability in Somalia.
President Isaias welcomes and supports the Somali Government’s endeavor in establishing Somali-led security institutions that have the ability to provide the peace and security that the people of Somalia deserve.
They emphasized that there are many common challenges ahead for which they will seek a common solution. Furthermore, they agreed to consolidate their mutual solidarity and support in addressing challenges that their nations face individually and collectively.
“An effective regional cooperation is crucial for overcoming the common obstacles of insecurity, terrorism, poverty and environmental degradation facing the region,” the joint statement said.
The two leaders recognize that peace and stability in Somalia is in the interest of the Somali people and the region as whole.
© Bur-csa – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng