Press Statement: International Partners Visit Galmudug

A delegation of Somalia’s regional and international partners visited Dhusamareeb on 22 July 2019, to be updated on developments in the Federal Member State of Galmudug and to attend a ceremony marking initial steps in integration of some local security forces into the Somali National Army.

The delegation included representatives of the African Union, Djibouti, Ethiopia, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Italy, Kenya, Qatar, Turkey, and the United Nations.

The delegation is grateful to Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire for the invitation to attend this informative briefing, to see first-hand the situation in Dhusamareeb, and to meet with people and leaders from Galmudug to understand better their needs and expectations.

The delegation salutes the efforts of the Prime Minister to meet with the communities of Galmudug in recent weeks, and encourages continued broad-based consultations aimed at convening a credible reconciliation forum in the near future. It is through such a forum that consensus may be reached on a credible, transparent and fair process to select leaders of the Federal Member State and establish a unified administration that enjoys the support of citizens from throughout Galmudug.

The delegation expresses its appreciation to the people of Galmudug for their warm welcome and kind hospitality during this visit.

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