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Roble discusses with three state leaders ahead of consultative forum

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble has held talks with leaders of Galmudug, Southwest and Hirshabelle leaders ahead of the planned National Consultative Council forum.

In a statement, the office of the PM said Roble and presidents of Galmudug, Hirshabelle and Southwest states, Ahmed Kariye Qorqor, Ali Gudlaawe and Abdiaziz Hassan Lafta-gareen respectively discussed a wide range of issues including the political crisis and elections.

The three regional state leaders expressed their commitment to play an important role in ironing out the standoff between the prime minister and President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

The development comes as leaders of regional states gathered in Mogadishu to participiate in a National Consultative meeting announced by Prime minister Roble last Month.

The forum which is expected ro kick off soon will discuss the security, electoral process and way forward to end political tensions in the country.

It is not yet clear whether the president who is a member of NCC will attend the meeting in the capital.

Last week, the relationship between the two leaders hit bottom after president Farmaajo issued a decree to suspend PM Roble, a move dismissed by Roble.

The prime minister later accused Farmaajo of attempting to bar Roble from office by deploying security forces at the office of the premier.

Last Saturday, the prime minister appointed a five-member committee drawn from different military including interior, Defence and Public Works to investigate the raid on Roble’s office.

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