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Federal Parliament approves Defense agreement between Somalia and Turkey

MOGADISHU (SD) -The two Houses of the Federal Parliament of Somalia today ratified the cooperation agreement on defense and economy signed between the governments of Somalia and Turkey.

In the joint session attended by 216 members, the agreement was approved by 213 members, with 3 members from both Houses of Parliament rejecting it, and no abstentions from ratifying the agreement.

The Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Somalia, Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur Madobe, announced that the historical agreement was forwarded to the Somali government by parliamentarians for unanimous approval.

Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, stated that the agreement ratified today by both Houses of Parliament is crucial for defending the country’s coastline and boosting its economy.

Speaking to the press at the presidential palace, the President highlighted the numerous threats facing Somalia’s coastline, including illegal fishing, piracy, and the dumping of toxic waste, which the agreement aims to address.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud stated that the agreement will last for 10 years, during which time the Somali Navy will be established and equipped to defend the country’s coastline.

President Hassan Sheikh emphasized that the agreement does not involve Somalia in conflicts with other countries, but rather, it promotes stability, despite ongoing tensions between Somalia and Ethiopia.

Finally, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emphasised that the agreement is also vital for developing the economy and exploiting marine resources.

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