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Int’l Community presses FGS and FMS leaders to resume talks

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s partners have called for immediate resumption of the talks between federal government and its member states barely a day opposition held talks with Somali PM over current political gridlock.

In a statement, the international community emphasised the need to finalise the framework developed by the joint technical committee which met in Baidoa last month.

“We also urge FGS and FMS leaders to hold the planned summit in the coming few days to confirm implementation plans for the 17 September agreement and conclude the review of the 16 February Technical Committee proposals so that the electoral process can begin without further delay,” the statement reads in part.

The call by the international community comes hours after Somali government announced the resumption of the FGS-FMS talks.

In a statement, Villa Somalia said the talks will take place this Thursday in the capital Mogadishu.

“The forum marks the climax of efforts towards implementing the elections agreements & recommendations,” Villa Somalia communications Director Abdirashid Hashi said.

The announcement by the federal government to hold talks with the regional states was condemned by the opposition who accused president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of trying to block the dialogue between Somali prime minister and the opposition leaders which is slated for Thursday.

On Monday a meeting between Prime Minister Mohamed Roble and the Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) was held to finalise the agreement on 25th last between the sides.

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