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UK Ambassador to Somalia visits Puntland

Garowe (SD) – The President of Puntland State of Somalia, Said Abdullahi Deni, today received the British Ambassador to Somalia, Kate Foster at the Puntland State House.

President Deni welcomed the UK Ambassador to Garowe “Delighted to welcome British Ambassador to Somalia, Kate Foster, for the first time in Garowe, Puntland. We discussed key issues on elections in both Somalia and Puntland, the democratisation process, investments, and economic developments in Puntland.”

“I’m delighted to be here in Puntland State, my first visit as British Ambassador. It’s a pleasure to discuss our support here, the strong progress towards elections in Puntland, and to meet the Transitional Puntland Election Commission (TPEC) and civil society.” said Amb Kate Forster.

The meeting discussed issues such as Puntland’s democratization process, Covid-19 and the situation in Somalia in general and the current political situation in particular.

“The upcoming local elections in Puntland are of historic significance. If completed successfully, they will demonstrate that One Person One Vote elections are possible in Somalia. The pace of voter registration indicates that people want to have a more direct say in selection of individuals and associations that represent them.” said Amb Kate Forster.

The British Ambassadors congratulated the President on the successful implementation of Puntland’s democratic process, adding that the One Person, One Vote elections in Puntland will give hope to the rest of Somalia.

“I want to congratulate the Puntland State Government, and the Transitional Puntland Election Commission on the strong progress that’s been made, with UK and international community support.” said Amb Kate Forster.

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Interior, Planning, Labor and Human Resources, the Director General of the Presidency and the Spokesperson and Director of Information of the Puntland Presidency.

Ambassador Kate Forster also held a meeting with Puntland’s civil society organizations and discussed the importance of civil society organizations in governance.

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