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Egypt calls for end to political crisis in Somalia

CAIRO (SD) – The government of Egypt has called on Somali political stakeholders to resolve their differences at the bargaining table amid an ice-breaking meeting between Somali government and its allied regional states entered its second day in Mogadishu, save for leaders of Puntland and Jubbaland.

In a statement, Egyptian foreign ministry emphasized the need for breaking the standoff between the federal government and the opposition leaders alongside with leaders of Jubbaland and Puntland states.

 The northeast African nation pledged that it will support Somali government in its efforts to restore and stability in the horn of African nation.

“Egypt pays full attention to achieving peace and stability in Somalia, and called on all the Somali sides to continue the dialogue for paving the road to run free and integrated elections,” Hafez said.

The call by Egyptian government follows a meeting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mohamed Abdirizak.

According to Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson of the Egyptian foreign ministry, the two ministers who met on Monday in Cairo town discussed means of promoting bilateral cooperation in all fields, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The talks tackled the exerted efforts for developing the cooperation between the two sides in a way that reflects the strong mutual relations,” said Hafez.

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