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FGS-FMS leaders lock horns over meeting agenda

MOGADISHU (SD) – The meeting between the federal government and its member states in Afisiyoni hall has entered its second day with reliable reports confirm that the sides failed to agree on the agenda of the talks.

According to sources privy to the meeting, the international community is still pressing Somali leaders to agree on the agenda of the upcoming talks as the two days for the ‘groundwork’ session are coming to an end.

The meeting brought together president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, his prime minister, Mogadishu mayor and five regional state leaders.

The sources told Somali Dispatch that there are fears of a collapse should the two sides fail to work out their differences.

 The conference brokered by the international community kicked off on Saturday following an invitation by President Farmajo.

Information Minister Osman Dubbe called the meeting an ‘icebreaker’ convened by Farmaajo.

The international community has however pilled pressure on the leaders as the ongoing gridlock plunges the country into uncertainty.

The meeting was expected to start early last month under the auspices of the international community but failed to owing to the lack of agreement on the agenda of the meeting.

The UN Security Council this week called for ‘urgent’ elections as western envoys and the African Union heightened pressure on the federal and state leaders.

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